Scotland's Chief Statistician today released the latest Council Tax Reduction estimates. In September 2018, Scotland's Council Tax Reduction scheme supported 481,100 households and the total weekly income foregone by local authorities was £6.5 million.
The latest outlook for future housing delivery and school roll forecasts across Highland has been announced by the Highland Council today (Tuesday 4 December 2018). The joint publication of the Housing Land Audit and School Roll Forecast provides up to date forecasts for housing delivery and school rolls across the Highland Council area and will be used to monitor, implement and share details of the actions needed to support future housing growth.
The Highland Council's Leader has welcomed the Port of Cromarty Firth's announcement that: "Due to higher priority projects the Port will not be pursuing the resubmission of our ship to ship at anchor application.". In 2016 Highland Council gave its comments to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on an application made by the Port of Cromarty Firth to request permission for ship to ship oil transfers from moorings close by the Sutors of Cromarty, within the Port Authority area.
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland. In 2017 the level of fuel poverty remained similar to 2016: 24.9% or 613,000 households were fuel poor, and 7.0% or 174,000 households were living in extreme fuel poverty.
Efforts in the Highlands and Islands to attract and retain young people may be starting to have a positive effect. This is according to a new report published on Tuesday 4 December 2018.
A global project to identify innovative ways of protecting the environment in a profitable way is being backed with £1 million Scottish Government funding. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the support for the Solar Impulse Foundation's efforts to identify 1,000 solutions that will protect the environment while also returning a profit.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 4th) sold 24 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (6) averaged 193.3p and sold to 214.0p per kg and £1,459.50 gross.
Highland Council Trading Standards have recently become aware of a new phishing e-mail (or text) scam. Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit/debit card or bank account details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an email or text.
Funding for crofter homes. More than £1 million has now been awarded this year to support crofters in some of Scotland's most rural and remote communities to get better housing.
Since the referendum decision to leave the European Union, The Highland Council has considered and made representations on a number of issues which have potential implications for the Highland economy and Highland communities. EU funding has brought hundreds of millions of pounds of assistance to the region over the past 40 years which has been critical to the region's growth.
SNP coucillor Ron MacWilliam speaking out after the Highland council Brexit summit held in Inverness. Calls for Highland Council to lead a new ‘Regional Workforce Recruitment Strategy'.
Uplift comes as part of response to independent review. Solicitors and advocates providing people with advice and representation through the legal aid scheme in Scotland will receive a 3% increase in fees.
Week Commencing 26tg November 2018 Energy & Business Services: Following last week's Offshore Wind Week Crown Estate Scotland has just published its report into future licensing rounds for offshore wind leases. http://www.crownestatescotland.com/media-and-notices/news-media-releases-opinion/timescales-and-next-steps-for-new-offshore-wind-leasing-for-scotland at the same time it has been interesting to note that Highland Council's north planning committee this week agreed to raise no objection to the application by Moray West for an offshore windfarm off the Caithness coast.
EDP Renovaveis, Diamond Generating Europe and Engie have secured finance to build the 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland. Project financing agreements have been signed with a syndicate of 16 commercial banks as well as with EKF, Denmark's export credit agency, and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.
Highlands & Islands Regional MSP, David Stewart took the opportunity at the Scottish Parliament yesterday (28th November) to ask at Questions on Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, what assessment the Government had made of the impact of the North Coast 500 on tourism and infrastructure, and how best the route can be used to develop these. Responding for the Government, Ben MacPherson, MSP, advised that HIE were Chairing a working group who were looking at all surrounding issues of the NC500.
Last week's Resources Committee noted the positive movement in the Council's revenue budget from a projected year end overspend in quarter one of £5m down to £2.2 in quarter two. This has been assisted by concerted effort across services and enhanced control of vacancies and all expenditure.
Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council will be meeting with Scottish Government Ministers in Parliament today, 29 November 2018 to discuss a number of issues of importance to the Highlands. In the morning she will be meeting with Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands to discuss community benefit, and digital connectivity in the Highlands.
Following the announcement on 28 November 2018 by Thai Union that they will close at the end of the year their Edinburgh Salmon plant in Dingwall, a multi-agency response to support the staff has commenced. Known as the PACE initiative (Partnership for Continuing Employment) The Highland Council, together with local public sector agencies provide free, impartial advice to staff on dealing with the practical and emotional sides of redundancy, including support to get a new job.
A proposed objection to a massive Moray Firth wind project by Highland Council did not take place as planned. Highland council planning officers had intimated that the council would lay an objection to the north planning applications committee and it was stated in the papers the week before but the objection was not put.
Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart told a Members' Business Debate in Parliament this evening that he felt there was "an underlying toxic culture of bullying" at NHS Highland. His comments follow his attendance at a GMB, doctors' and whistle-blowers' meeting at Eden Court Theatre on Friday last week where the experiences of staff past and present were highlighted.