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19/5/2022
Thousands Of Cadent Gas Workers To Stage 48 Hour Strike
Cadent Gas pays its chief executive £1.4 million a year - it can afford to pay workers properly, says GMB Union Thousands of field force workers at gas giant Cadent will stage a 48 hour strike this month.   Around 2,000 GMB members will down tools on Monday 30 May and Tuesday 31 May 2022 in a dispute over pay and conditions.  
19/5/2022
£3 Million Awarded To Long Covid Projects In Scotland
Projects to improve the care and support available for people with long COVID are to benefit from an initial tranche of £3 million of Scottish Government funding.   Following a thorough planning process undertaken by health boards to determine the key priorities, the first allocations of the long COVID Support Fund across 2022 will provide £3 million for boards to introduce care co-ordinator roles, extra resource to support a patient-centred assessment, including a multi-disciplinary assessment service, and additional capacity for community rehabilitation to support people with issues affecting their day-to-day quality of life.  
19/5/2022
Mesh Reimbursement Fund Opens In June - Removal surgery costs to be repaid
A dedicated fund to repay mesh removal costs will open for applications on 6 June 2022.   The Transvaginal Mesh Removal Reimbursement Scheme will enable women who have paid for surgery to claim their money back.  
19/5/2022
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Pedigree and commercial Luing cattle Sale 18 May 2022
DINGWALL, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (May 18th) sold 87 Pedigree and commercial Luing cattle at their annual spring breeding sale.   Pedigree bulling heifers (53) averaged £2,018.97 and sold to 3,000gns (£3,150.00) twice for lots 9 & 10, 26- and 27-month-old heifers, both from Messrs A L & A C McCall, Culmaily Farm, Golspie.  
19/5/2022
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 18 May 2022
DINGWALL, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd.,(May 18th ) sold 287 adult head of breeding cattle at their special sale.   Commercial yearling bulling heifers (113) sold to £1,350 gross for a Simmental cross from Beechwood, Achilty.  
19/5/2022
Russia's Attack On Ukraine Threatens Global Food Security: Uk Statement To The Osce
Ambassador Bush highlights the impact of Russia's war on global food security and calls on Russia to stop impeding Ukrainian food production and export.   Thank you, Mr Chair and thank you to the Mayor of Okhtyrka for being here today and for your powerful testimony of recent Russian attacks against his city since the start of the war.  
19/5/2022
Chancellor Sets Out Further Economic Support For Ukraine At G7 Meeting In Bonn
Chancellor confirms that the UK stands ready to guarantee up to $50 million for further financing to Ukraine to continue electricity provision during latest G7 meeting in Germany.   Rishi Sunak also discussed how global partners can continue to work together to soften the war's impact on the global economy He will also urge G7 counterparts to maintain momentum behind and deliver the historic agreement on global tax reform - ensuring companies pay their fair share of tax in the countries in which they operate The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak confirms that the UK stands ready to guarantee up to $50 million for further financing to Ukraine, to help ensure the continued provision of electricity to its citizens.  
19/5/2022
UK Targets Russian Airlines With New Sanctions
New sanctions on major Russian airlines will prevent them from cashing in on their UK landing slots.   new sanctions on major Russian airlines prevent them from cashing in on landing slots at major UK airports worth up to £50 million sanctions are crippling Putin's ability to wage war, disrupting vital supply chains.  
19/5/2022
New Benefit Counter-fraud Plan Set To Save Taxpayer £2 Billion
A £600 million plan to fight fraud in the welfare system will introduce a range of new powers and boost the counter-fraud frontline, saving the taxpayer £2 billion over three years.   Over £600 million to bolster the counter-fraud frontline with thousands of trained specialists, stopping around £2 billion in fraud over three years New powers planned for specialist Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff to arrest and carry out search and seizure Measures also include boosted access to bank data on a larger scale and a new civil penalty will prevent fraud going unpunished.  
18/5/2022
Inflation Highest For 40 Years As 9 percent reached and going higher Thumbnail for article : Inflation Highest For 40 Years As 9 percent reached and going higher
The Office for National Statistics has publish a range of reports today showing the extent of inflation that has already reached 9% and showing several signs it will go higher and soon pass the 10% level.   some commentators are already saying this could knock the economy into a recession.  
18/5/2022
Scottish Secretary Responds To May Labour Market Statistics
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: It is good news that even more Scots are back in paid employment, while unemployment has fallen further.   The economic aftershocks of covid and the war in Ukraine mean real pressures in the cost of living right around the world.  
18/5/2022
Average UK House Prices Rises By £24,000 In !2 MonthsThumbnail for article : Average UK House Prices Rises By £24,000 In !2 Months
A report by the Office for National Statistics published today 18 May 2022.   UK average house prices increased by 9.8% over the year to March 2022, down from 11.3% in February 2022.  
18/5/2022
Carbon Neutral Islands NamedThumbnail for article : Carbon Neutral Islands Named
Six islands to become carbon neutral by 2040.   The Carbon Neutral Islands project is a programme for government commitment aimed at supporting islands to become carbon neutral by 2040.  
18/5/2022
Listen Up - Individual Experiences Of Work, Consumption And SocietyThumbnail for article : Listen Up - Individual Experiences Of Work, Consumption And Society
An interesting report from the Resolution Foundation examines people's views on the economy.   What economic strategy should the UK pursue over the next decade, in order both to address long-standing problems in the country (stagnating living standards and high inequality) and to navigate ongoing change (Brexit, net zero transition and a post-pandemic world)? The Economy 2030 Inquiry is a two-year collaboration between the Resolution Foundation and the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics investigating this very question.  
17/5/2022
SNP And Independents Joint Coalition Administration To Be Ratified By Highland Council - Raymond Bremner To Become New Leader Of The Council
The Leaders of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Group and the Independent Group have informed the Chief Executive of The Highland Council that they have agreed to form a joint coalition Administration.   The proposal for a majority Administration of the two groups will be put to The Highland Council meeting on Thursday 26 May for formal agreement.  
17/5/2022
Ofgem Looks To Update The Energy Price Cap Quarterly So Prices Can Be Adjusted Faster
Here is today's release from Ofgem.   Read it carefully then decide is it really to protect consumers or to protect energy company profits?.  
17/5/2022
The Possibility Of More Rises In Food Prices Is A Thumbnail for article : The Possibility Of More Rises In Food Prices Is A
The possibility of more rises in food prices is a "major worry" for the UK and other countries, the Bank of England governor has warned.   Apologising for sounding "apocalyptic", Andrew Bailey said the war in Ukraine was affecting food supplies.  
17/5/2022
Public Bodies' Emissions Reduce - £100 Million To Cut Carbon Footprint Further - First Zero Hospital In KirkwallThumbnail for article : Public Bodies' Emissions Reduce - £100 Million To Cut Carbon Footprint Further - First Zero Hospital In Kirkwall
New funding to help public bodies unlock and realise further investment in measures to improve energy efficiency and install low and zero carbon heat systems in buildings has been launched.   The Scottish Central Government Energy Efficiency Grant scheme will make £100 million available during this parliamentary session.  
17/5/2022
Operations To End At Sellafield's Magnox Reprocessing PlantThumbnail for article : Operations To End At Sellafield's Magnox Reprocessing Plant
One of the world's oldest nuclear fuel reprocessing plants will conclude its mission later this year.   Sellafield's Magnox plant will stop reprocessing in July 2022 and enter a new era of clean-up and decommissioning.