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£56m COVID-19 Business Grants awarded in Highland
The COVID-19 small business and self-catering grant scheme, set up to help companies stay in business during the coronavirus crisis, has now paid out £56,286,250 million to 5135 Highland businesses.   The Highland Council's Head of Development and Regeneration, Allan Maguire, said: "We now are processing applications and approving payment within days of a business submitting a complete online application form and its accompanying evidence.  
Highland Council publishes decisions made during COVID-19 emergency
Public assurance is being provided by Highland Council that the organisation is fully transparent and accountable during the COVID-19 emergency response as it publishes decisions made by its group of senior officers - or Gold Group* - under emergency procedures.   The list of decisions made since 19 March 2020 is on the Council's website at the following link and will continue to the added to and updated as further decisions are made using emergency procedures.  
IoT online demonstration for Highlands and Islands businesses
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands looking to boost their productivity and competitiveness through Internet of Things (IoT) technology, are being offered the chance to hear from industry experts.   Internet of Things technology enables devices, such as everyday objects, machinery and systems to connect to the internet.  
Scotiaeconomics Map Showing Scottish Risk Areas for Covid 19Thumbnail for article : Scotiaeconomics Map Showing Scottish Risk Areas for Covid 19
From   Our COVID-19 Community Risk Monitor measures the level of risk exposure of Scotland's 354 local authority wards to the COVID-19 virus.  
Highlands and Islands MSP is concerned that advertising support for media is now not guaranteed
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant was pleased when MSPs this week backed another move to give the media 100% business rates relief.   However Mrs Grant was dismayed to discover that might mean the £3million advertising support previously announced by the Scottish Government could be taken off the table.  
UNISON Pressure Secures Sick Pay and Death in Service Benefit for Care Staff
Following the deal for NHS staff, pressure from UNISON and other trade unions has secured a similar deal for social care staff.  This deal is hugely encouraging.  
Global Oil & Gas Decommissioning Costs To Total $42 Billion Through 2024, Dominated By Uk North SeaThumbnail for article : Global Oil & Gas Decommissioning Costs To Total $42 Billion Through 2024, Dominated By Uk North Sea
Energy companies have been slashing exploration and production budgets since the Covid-19 pandemic took hold and sent oil prices tumbling, but, with few profitable investment alternatives, operators are now likely to increase spending in decommissioning work.  Rystad Energy estimates the total value of the global pool of decommissioning projects that will accumulate through 2024 could reach $42 billion.  
Tourist Industry Suffers More Blows As Corona Hammers Down On Many Businesses
About 2,500 jobs have been lost and 64,000 bookings cancelled with the collapse into administration of Specialist Leisure Group.   The hotel and travel company included well-known coach holiday brands Shearings and National Holidays.  
Thousands Of Married Women May Be Receiving Too Little State Pension - Worth Checking
In some cases this is because government computers have failed to automatically award the correct rate of pension.  In other cases it is because the women concerned did not know they could claim a higher rate when their husband reached pension age.  
Covid funding plea - UK Government urged to provide clarity on consequentials
Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has urged the UK Government to provide certainty when announcing funding for Scotland to tackle the Covid crisis.   On May 2 the UK Government announced a £617 million extension to business grants, which it advised would generate £60 million of funding consequentials under the Barnett Formula.  
The Great Dying Of The High Street
April's retail sales figures will result in a cull of independent stores, warns ParcelHero.   April's ONS retail sales results show overall sales collapsed -18.1% even as e-commerce boomed by 30.7%.  
Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making - Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis
The route map gives an indication of the order in which we will carefully and gradually seek to change current restrictions.  It provides practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time.  
Highland Council prepares for phased return to new normal
Highland Council's Recovery Board Chair, Cllr Alasdair Christie has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government's road map phasing the way out of lockdown, which was published earlier today.   The First Minister revealed that Phase 1 of the Government's new four phase plan, could come into effect on 28 May, however the advice remains stay home, protect the NHS and save lives for now.  
Coronavirus (covid-19): Strategic Framework For Reopening Schools And Early Learning And Childcare Settings
In line with equality legislation, the Government is working to produce Impact Assessments that take into account the impact of this framework on all affected members of society.  This work is underway and, following consultation with relevant stakeholders, will be published in full in due course.  
Preparations underway for phased re-opening of Highland Household Waste Recycling Centres
The Highland Council is pleased to announce that preparations are well underway for re-opening many of the Household Waste Recycling Centres across the region to the public from Monday 1 June 2020.   The sites in Highland, along with all other Scottish Local Authorities, have been closed since the end of March due to the government's Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel.  
Route map for moving out of lockdown
Publication of key phases of changing restrictions.   A route map setting out a phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions while still suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19) has been published.  
Schools To Re-open In August
Safe return planned through mix of school and home learning.   Pupils will return to schools in August subject to scientific advice that it is safe to do so, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has confirmed.  
Funding must go to care workers in need, not employers' bank accounts, says UNISON
The Scottish government must introduce measures to ensure employers don't hold on to £58 million of taxpayers' money intended for hard-up care workers, says UNISON today (Thursday).   The funding is part of a £600m social care package announced last week by the Prime Minister.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sheep Sale - 21 May 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (May, 21st) sold 936 sheep of all classes.   Lambs (521) sold to £99 gross for a pen of Texel crosses from Balnabruich, Ardgay.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 21 May 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 20th) sold 129 pedigree and commercial Luing cattle at their twelfth annual spring breeding sale sponsored by Davison's animal feeds.   Pedigree bulling heifers (82) averaged £1,650.29 and sold to 3,020gns (£3,171.00), twice for 25 month old heifers from Mr G.