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21/1/2021
UK House Price Index: November 2020Thumbnail for article : UK House Price Index: November 2020
The Office for National Statistics has published the report on 20th January 2021.   Main points UK average house prices increased by 7.6% over the year to November 2020, up from 5.9% in October 2020, to stand at a record high of £250,000; this is the highest annual growth rate the UK has seen since June 2016.  
21/1/2021
Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 21 January 2021Thumbnail for article : Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 21 January 2021
Published today (21 January 2021) by the Office for National Statistics.   Early experimental data on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK economy and society.  
21/1/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19 daily data for Scotland - 21 January 2021
1,636 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   27,873 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 7.0% of these were positive 89 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive.  
21/1/2021
Consumer price inflation, UK: December 2020
Details from the Report by the Office for National Statistics.   Main points The Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers' housing costs (CPIH) 12-month inflation rate was 0.8% in December 2020, up from 0.6% in November.  
21/1/2021
Learning during lockdown and digital inclusion progress in HighlandThumbnail for article : Learning during lockdown and digital inclusion progress in Highland
The Council's ICT in Learning team have been working hard to continue to support our school communities as we deliver remote learning to all children and young people across Highland.   Chair of Education committee, Cllr John Finlayson said: "I want to thank all of our staff in Education who have worked incredibly hard to ensure that our school communities are receiving support and a quality education experience.  
21/1/2021
Personal And Economic Well-being In Great Britain: January 2021Thumbnail for article : Personal And Economic Well-being In Great Britain: January 2021
From the Office for National Statistics published 21 January 2021.   Estimates looking across multiple sources for personal and economic well-being to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people and households in Great Britain.  
21/1/2021
Green ports to aid economic recovery
Proposals have been unveiled for a new model of green ports focused on inclusive growth, fair work practices and delivering a net zero economy.   The Scottish Government is developing plans to establish fair, sustainable, green ports.  
21/1/2021
A Fairer Recovery From The Pandemic
Tackling poverty and inequality can be central to Scotland's recovery from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a new report.   The Social Renewal Advisory Board has published 20 Calls to Action to help create a fairer country, with recommendations around the themes of Money and Work; People, Rights and Advancing Equality; and Communities and Collective Endeavour.  
21/1/2021
People Urged To Apply To The EU Settlement SchemeThumbnail for article : People Urged To Apply To The EU Settlement Scheme
Deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme 30 June 2021.   With less than 6 months to go before the EU Settlement Scheme's application deadline of 30 June 2021, European citizens are being urged to apply now to secure their rights in UK law.  
21/1/2021
Support For Children Of Keyworkers - Advice For Employers And Employees
The definitions of key workers agreed with local authorities previously during the pandemic will continue to apply.  The need for local flexibility to suit local circumstances is acknowledged.  
21/1/2021
Decriminalisation Of TV Licence Evasion Consultation Response
Today, the government published its response to the consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion.   The consultation invited views on whether the government should proceed with the decriminalisation of TV licence evasion by replacing the criminal sanction with an alternative civil enforcement scheme.  
21/1/2021
New Campaign Urges People To Roll Their Sleeves Up
A new campaign encouraging people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible launches today 921 January 2021.   The ‘Roll your sleeves up' campaign will emphasise the importance of the vaccine and its safety, as well as the prioritisation list set out by Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to ensure those most at risk are vaccinated first.  
Nuclear Decommissioning Agency Update - New Transport and Waste DivisionsThumbnail for article : Nuclear Decommissioning Agency Update - New Transport and Waste Divisions
Issued by David Peattie, Group CEO and Accounting Officer, NDA.   I am pleased to be able to share with you some significant developments within the NDA around our transport and waste businesses, further underlining our One NDA approach to working more collaboratively and efficiently to clean up the UK's earliest civil nuclear sites.  
20/1/2021
Grants For Crofters - Building or improving Crofters' homes.
Crofters in some of Scotland's most remote and marginal communities will benefit from grants to improve their housing or build new homes.   The Croft House Grant scheme aims to retain and attract people to rural communities while allowing them to achieve the full potential of crofts and generate economic activity.  
£12m UK-Japan Robotics Deal For Fusion Energy And Nuclear Decommissioning ResearchThumbnail for article : £12m UK-Japan Robotics Deal For Fusion Energy And Nuclear Decommissioning Research
UK-Japan relationship in nuclear science boosted by robotics and automation.   Britain and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production.  
20/1/2021
A Vision For UK SeasThumbnail for article : A Vision For UK Seas
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow sets out the UK's vision for our seas and highlights cross-government Offshore Wind Enabling Actions Programme in keynote speech at the 2021 Coastal Futures conference.   Thank you for inviting me back to speak at this year's Ocean Recovery event, and to celebrate the work that has been going on across our marine space.  
20/1/2021
More Than 4 Million People Receive First Dose Of Covid-19 Vaccine In UKThumbnail for article : More Than 4 Million People Receive First Dose Of Covid-19 Vaccine In UK
Vaccination programme continues to accelerate with opening of 10 new vaccination centres.   Significant milestone as more than 4 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.  
20/1/2021
New Financial Support For The UKs Fishing Businesses That Export To The EUThumbnail for article : New Financial Support For The UKs Fishing Businesses That Export To The EU
Seafood exporters across the UK will receive government funding of up to £23 million, to support businesses which have been most adversely affected by the COVID pandemic and the challenges of adjusting to new requirements for exporting.   This is in recognition of the unique circumstances of the fishing sector, which has had the most significant new requirements to adjust to, and for whom even a short delay can lead to goods perishing - at a time when the industry is facing lower market prices and demand due to the pandemic.  
20/1/2021
New Autonomous Uncrewed Minesweepers To Protect Sailors At SeaThumbnail for article : New Autonomous Uncrewed Minesweepers To Protect Sailors At Sea
Three world-class autonomous minesweeping systems will detect and destroy sea mines on dangerous naval operations for the Royal Navy, thanks to a £25m contract announced today.   The Combined Influence Minesweeping (SWEEP) system designed by Atlas Elektronik UK, will be the Royal Navy's first uncrewed minesweeper.  
20/1/2021
Online Enrolment For All Early Learning And Childcare Places In HighlandThumbnail for article : Online Enrolment For All Early Learning And Childcare Places In Highland
Enrolment for all ELC providers, including local authority nurseries, partner settings and commissioned childminders, will take place online this year.   Enrolment week for ELC places will take place on Monday 8 February to Friday 12 February 2021.