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18/6/2021
Balanced Budget Despite Pandemic Pressures
Despite unprecedented challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Scottish Budget was balanced last year.   The 2020-21 Provisional Budget Outturn shows 99% of the £48 billion budget was spent, meaning the Scottish Government has fulfilled its legal obligation to deliver a balanced budget.  
18/6/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19: Daily Data For Scotland - 18 June 2021
950 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   29,254 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 3.5% of these were positive.  
17/6/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19: daily data for Scotland - 17 June 2021
1,317 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   30,990 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 4.6% of these were positive.  
17/6/2021
Highlands And Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, Speaks In Debate On Maternity Services Highlighting Moray And Caithness
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, supported a Scottish Parliament cross-party members' debate yesterday about the downgrading of the consultant-led maternity unit at Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin.   "It is a huge disappointment that the service at Dr Gray's has not been reinstated, and we need to see more tangible action now," she said.  
16/6/2021
Wick and East Caithness ward bi-election to be held on 12th AugustThumbnail for article : Wick and East Caithness ward bi-election to be held on 12th August
Two Highland Council by-elections to take place.   Following the recent resignation of two Councillors, preparations are underway to hold by-elections in both the Inverness West ward and the Wick and East Caithness ward.  
16/6/2021
House price boom, and rise in inequality, looks set to continue
Tony Syme, expert in macroeconomics at the University of Salford Business School, looks at what is driving a huge increase in house prices since the start of the pandemic.   Some economic think-tanks predicted double-digit reductions in house prices this year as a result of the pandemic.  
16/6/2021
Early Learning And Childcare Expansion
More than seven out of ten children in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) are now receiving the full 1,140 funded hours.   The number of children has risen by 10,510 since February - an increase from 65% to 72%.  
16/6/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19: daily data for Scotland - 16 June 2021
1,129 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   35,638 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 3.4% of these were positive.  
16/6/2021
Small businesses in Scotland encouraged to apply for Brexit support funding before 30 June deadline
With two weeks to go before the deadline, small and medium sized businesses in Scotland are being encouraged to apply for funding to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU.   The £20m Brexit Support Fund, which closes 30 June, enables businesses who trade with the EU to access up to £2,000 of funding for practical support including training and professional advice on new customs, rules of origin and VAT processes.  
16/6/2021
Government Extends Business Support Measures
The Government has extended temporary insolvency measures providing further support to businesses during the pandemic in England.   Update June 2021 Regulations are set to be laid that will mean restrictions on statutory demands and winding up petitions will remain for a further three months until 30 September 2021 to protect companies from creditor enforcement action where their debts relate to the pandemic.  
16/6/2021
Free NHS Dental Care For Young People
600,000 people to benefit from extension of free care.   New measures to provide free NHS dental care for all young people aged 18 to 25 (inclusive) have been introduced at the Scottish Parliament yesterday (Tuesday 15 June).  
16/6/2021
Five strengths and five flaws in the EU's new Import One-Stop Shop
From 1 July, British retailers selling to the EU face huge changes to VAT regulations.   ParcelHero reveals five reasons the new IOSS scheme is great news for UK sellers and five reasons it's also frustratingly flawed.  
16/6/2021
Sustainable Economic Recovery
Support for people to upskill and retrain.   An initial 25 projects designed to help meet skills needs in a range of sectors will receive a share of up to £20 million as part of the second phase of the National Transition Training Fund (NTTF).  
16/6/2021
Economy Contracts 1.9% In The First Quarter Of 2021
The Chief Statistician has released statistics showing that the economy contracted by 1.9% during January to March 2021.   Change in gross domestic product (GDP) is the main indicator of economic growth.  
16/6/2021
More Than 30 Million People Vaccinated With Second Dose
More than 30 million people in the UK have received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the latest figures published today (15 June) show, as the vaccination programme continues at unprecedented pace and scale.   More than 30 million people in the UK have been vaccinated with a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, giving them the fullest possible protection More than 79% of people in the UK now vaccinated with a single dose Public urged to come forward for second doses to help protect against the threat of new variants 41,831,056 people across the UK have now been vaccinated with a first dose (79.4%), while 30,209,707 people have had both doses (57.4%).  
16/6/2021
Uk House Price Index For April 2021
The UK HPI shows house price changes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.   In the past 12 months all those involved in the property market have been impacted by the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19); HM Land Registry is no different and, as a result, this release of the UK House Price index is not as complete as it could be.  
15/6/2021
Partners Launch Plan For Highland Nature ActionThumbnail for article : Partners Launch Plan For Highland Nature Action
The launch today (Tuesday 15 June 2021) of Highland Nature, the biodiversity action plan for 2021 to 2026, shows the commitment to positive work for nature all across the region.   Creating the plan has been coordinated by the Highland Environment Forum and funded by NatureScot and The Highland Council, but the actions for nature will be carried out by the 43 partners who represent land managers, local conservation groups, nature conservation membership organisations and government agencies.  
15/6/2021
Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2019
There are two measures of greenhouse gases presented in this release: SOURCE EMISSIONS A measure of the actual emissions or removals of greenhouse gases in Scotland, including international aviation and shipping.  Source emissions were 47.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2019; falling by 43.8 per cent between 1990 and 2018 and falling by 2.3 per cent between 2018 and 2019.  
15/6/2021
More Than 100,000 Affordable Homes Delivered
Scotland has delivered more than 100,000 affordable homes since 2007, marking a major milestone on the path to a fairer, more equal nation.   Statistics published today show that 102,055 affordable homes have been delivered since April 2007, with 70,866 of these for social rent.  
15/6/2021
Quarterly Housing Statistics, June 2021
The latest quarterly statistics on housebuilding and affordable housing supply have been published by Scotland's Chief Statistician.   There were 17,029 new-build homes completed across all sectors in Scotland in the year to end June 2020.