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24/3/2021
New Plan For Social Enterprises
Additional investment of more than £5 million.   A new Social Enterprise Action Plan will offer increased support to the sector - boosting its potential for growth and putting the social enterprise model at the heart of Scotland's recovery from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
24/3/2021
West Link, Inverness Project On Track For Completion In SpringThumbnail for article : West Link, Inverness Project On Track For Completion In Spring
The West Link project is expected to be completed this spring, with the opening of a second bridge over the canal greatly anticipated.   Stage 1 of the West Link Project was completed in December 2017 and Stage 2 began in 2018.  
24/3/2021
Fair Pay For Social Care Workers - Staff to be paid at least the Real Living Wage
A commitment to ensure adult social care workers receive at least the Real Living Wage of £9.50 an hour has been agreed with COSLA.   Funding of £64.5 million will be committed to ensure adult social care workers will be paid at least the Real Living Wage from May 2021, backdated to April 2021.  
24/3/2021
Tackling Race Inequality In Employment
Public sector organisations in Scotland are being urged to help break down the barriers faced by minority ethnic workers.   As part of a joint commitment, the Scottish Government is calling on employers in the public sector to review their recruitment procedures and publish the "pay gap" faced by minority ethnic groups in order to confront, and address, issues of race inequality.  
24/3/2021
Deer Working Group Response
Measures ensuring effective and sustainable deer management which will help tackle climate change and biodiversity loss have been announced.   They follow an independent review of deer management in Scotland.  
23/3/2021
128 Covid Grant frauds identified so far by Highland Council Internal Audit Team and passed to Police
Extract from audit report to be discussed by The Highland council Audit committee on Wednesday 31st March 2021.   Corporate Fraud and other investigations activity.  
23/3/2021
Evaluation Of The Near Me Video Consulting Service In Scotland During Covid-19, 2020Thumbnail for article : Evaluation Of The Near Me Video Consulting Service In Scotland During Covid-19, 2020
This report presents the findings of an external evaluation of the rapid scaling-up of the Near Me video consultation service across health and care services in Scotland during 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   The evaluation explores the process of scaling-up and expanding the use of Near Me within hospital and community care settings, GP services and care homes.  
23/3/2021
£1 Million For Armed Forces Charities
Armed Forces charities across Scotland will benefit from a new £1 million support fund.   The Scottish Government fund will help the sector offset a shortfall in income due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
23/3/2021
Attainment gap remains wide and better education data neededThumbnail for article : Attainment gap remains wide and better education data needed
Progress on closing the poverty-related attainment gap between the most and least deprived school pupils has been limited.   And more evidence is needed to understand educational achievement beyond exams.  
23/3/2021
Labour Market Overview, UK: March 2021
Todays report from the Office for National Statistics.   The latest three months to February 2021 recorded small increases in the number of payroll employees although since February 2020, the number of payroll employees has fallen by 693,000 with the largest falls seen at the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
23/3/2021
The Semi-conductor Industries Are In Trouble As Shortages Hit Many Firms WorldwideThumbnail for article : The Semi-conductor Industries Are In Trouble As Shortages Hit Many Firms Worldwide
The worldwide shortages of micro-chips that are built into most products these days is leading to layoffs and reduced supplies for many products from computers, laptops, cell phones, cars and affecting anything you can think of that has internal controls.   Covid has affected production but other issues are combining to create a perfect storm.  
23/3/2021
Employment, Unemployment And Economic Inactivity in UK - March 2021
From todays report by the Office for National Statistics Employment Employment measures the number of people aged 16 years and over in paid work and those who had a job that they were temporarily away from.  The employment rate is the proportion of people aged between 16 and 64 years who are in employment.  
23/3/2021
Closing date for Taxi Fund extended to 25 March
Highland Council has announced that the closing date for applications to the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Driver Support Fund this scheme has been confirmed as 5pm on Thursday 25 March 2021.   The Scottish Government has also now clarified that if you have received a grant through the Taxi Fund this will not now affect any Universal Credit payments you are also receiving.  
23/3/2021
Scotland's Creative Digital Initiative
A new £1 million digital support programme for creative and cultural businesses has launched.   The Creative Digital Initiative will help the sector develop digital capabilities in response to the limitations imposed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
23/3/2021
Labour Market In The Regions Of The UK: March 2021
From todays report by the Office for National Statistics.   Of the 693,000 decrease in payrolled employees since February 2020, 209,000 can be attributed to employees living in London, 105,000 in the South East, while only 7,000 can be attributed to employees living in Northern Ireland.  
23/3/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 23 March 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 23rd) sold 14 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (3) averaged 236.2p (+16.2p) and sold to 239.0p per kg and £1,549.45 gross.  
23/3/2021
Over £8 Million For Healthcare Students In Scotland
Nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will be able to access alternative clinical placements to support their practical education disrupted by coronavirus (COVID-19).   Funding of £8 million will help to ease pressure on clinical placement capacity in health and social care settings to ensure students gain the required practical skills, learning and practice hours for their studies.  
23/3/2021
Homelessness Statistics for Scotland
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published Homelessness Statistics for the period 1 April to 30 September 2020.   The findings, which will be impacted by the measures taken to protect people during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, show: there were 16,997 applications for homelessness assistance.  
Scottish wedding sector supported by £25million fundThumbnail for article : Scottish wedding sector supported by £25million fund
Over 2,800 businesses which operate within the Scottish wedding industry have been supported by £25.9million worth of funding to help survive the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.   A total of 2,811 eligible firms received a share of the Scottish Wedding Industry Fund, which was provided by the Scottish Government and administered by a partnership of South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  
22/3/2021
Latest Boats At Gills Harbour For Work At MeygenThumbnail for article : Latest Boats At Gills Harbour For Work At Meygen
£10 million 'Isle of Jura' temporarily based at Gills Harbour in Far North of Scotland for her crew's debut tasks in the tidal-stream electricity field at the MeyGen sub-sea site, one mile off the little Caithness's port entrance channel.   One of the UK's most modern marine renewables service vessels made her debut calls at community-owned Gills Harbour, near John O'Groats, over the 2021 Spring Equinoctial weekend.