More than 75,000 carers have received the Carer's Allowance Supplement. Carers are getting an additional payment of £442 this financial year, in two payments of £221, equivalent of an extra £8.50 per week and an increase of 13% on the current Carer’s Allowance.
Longer term budget planning to protect patient care. A "new deal" for health boards will give them more flexibility to continue delivering quality care, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has said.
Payments worth more than £241 million will begin to arrive in farmers and crofters bank accounts in the coming days. Eligible farmers and crofters will receive up to 90% of their CAP Basic and Greening 2018 payment under the national loan scheme announced earlier this summer.
Joint operation identifies poor standards of food safety and staff living accommodation. Highland Council Environmental Health Officers were required to take formal enforcement action regarding poor standards of food safety during a recent multi-agency operation led by Immigration Enforcement.
Highland Council residents are being urged to remember to recycle when they visit Recycling Centres. Historically, the general public have viewed Recycling Centres as the ‘dump' or the ‘tip’, however times have changed and with the need to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill and increase how much we all recycle, the Council would like encourage householders to take the time to separate their items before they go to a Recycling Centre.
The Auditor General has reported to the Scottish Parliament that NHS Highland and NHS Ayrshire and Arran face significant financial challenges, which are likely to continue in the years ahead. The reports note that these boards are unable to deliver services within budget, savings targets have not been met and it will be difficult to achieve financial sustainability in future.
Highlands & Islands Regional MSP Rhoda Grant commenting on the RBS independent review on bank closures said " out of the 62 earmarked for closure by RBS only two have been reprieved. This highlights what we all knew and that was that they were merely getting a stay of execution.
The Scottish Government's announcement of a consultation on the introduction of a visitor levy ("tourist tax") has been welcomed by The Highland Council. Convener Bill Lobban recently gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee, where he emphasised the importance of tourism to the Highlands.
The Highland Council is carrying out the formal review of its Polling Districts and Places. This review is required in terms of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 as all polling districts and polling places should be reviewed at least every four years.
David Morrison of the Energy Saving Store can give you advice on changing or upgrading your heating systems as well as reporting to you on what government help is available to reduce your energy bills. Give him a call and he will put your home through an MOT to see whats needing done and how to pay for it.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 28th) sold 6,496 store lambs. Lambs (6,496) averaged £45.05 and sold to £78 for a pen of Cheviots from Burnthill, Thrumster.
Private water supplies are those owned and managed by individuals rather than Scottish Water. Many of these supplies comply with drinking water standards but a significant number need to make further improvements, according to the latest report from Scotland's Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR).
For the first time in 2021, people in Scotland will be encouraged to fill out their census questionnaire primarily online, with support and help available for those who need it. 'Plans for Scotland's Census 2021', published by National Records of Scotland, lays out proposals for how the census will be conducted and the questions it will ask.
Latest figures show that in 2017 Scottish-registered fishing vessels landed 466 thousand tonnes of sea fish and shellfish with a value of £560 million. This is a three per cent increase in tonnage and a one per cent decrease in the real value (adjusted for inflation) from 2016.
No private sector involvement in process. Assessments for disability support will be carried out by Social Security Scotland, fully supported by public sector healthcare professionals - and people will be given greater choice and flexibility over their assessments.
A series of public exhibitions are being held during the week of 8 October to let the public and road users see and comment on a number of initial options that have been developed for the 26 mile section of the A96 between East of Huntly and Aberdeen. The identification of these options follows initial design and assessment work along with consideration of feedback received to date.
Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, met some of the young people involved in growing Scotland's life sciences sector, during a visit to Inverness Campus. Hosted by the Campus developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the visit included a tour of Aurora House, the £2.2m purpose-built life sciences building, which attracted £878,762 funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 26th) sold 760 store cattle and yearling calves at the show and sale of continental store cattle sponsored by Beedie Bros. Ltd., Haulage Contractors.
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has recently committed over £50,000 to six community projects in its latest round of grant awards. Jim MacGregor, CNSFund Chair said, ‘'Our latest funding investment supports improvements to historic and cultural visitor points of interest, village festivities, tourism development, watersports events and young people initiatives.
Statistics published today by National Records of Scotland (NRS), as part of the National Life Tables, show that life expectancy for those born in Scotland in 2015-2017 was 77.0 years for males and 81.1 years for females. This represents a slight decrease over the last year following three years with little or no change, indicating a stall in life expectancy improvements in Scotland Life expectancy at birth: Life expectancy for those born in 2015-2017 was 77.0 years for males and 81.1 years for females Over the past 35 years life expectancy in Scotland has increased by 7.9 years for males and 5.8 years for females Between 2014-2016 and 2015-2017 life expectancy decreased by approximately 0.1 years for both males and females.