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26/11/2021
Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 26 November 2021Thumbnail for article : Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 26 November 2021
2,888 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   33,776 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 9.1% of these were positive.  
26/11/2021
What Now For Domestic Energy Markets? - Are We Almost At Nationalisation?
Richard Murphy at Tax Research UK has tackled the energy question several times recently and in the past.   His latest blog is clear as we await further energy firms going under - The energy set up has failed..  
25/11/2021
UK Government Announces Huge Investment Into Scottish Tidal PowerThumbnail for article : UK Government Announces Huge Investment Into Scottish Tidal Power
The UK Government will invest £20 million per year across the UK in Tidal Stream electricity as part of its flagship renewable energy auction scheme, kickstarting a brand-new chapter for Scotland's tidal industry and creating jobs across Scottish coastal regions.   The announcement will unlock the potential for a thriving Scottish tidal power sector, with the cash boost supporting marine technologies which could benefit the whole of Scotland and the rest of the UK.  
25/11/2021
Oil and Gas Authority Chairman Tim Eggar Insists Continuing North Sea Exploration Is VitalThumbnail for article : Oil and Gas Authority Chairman Tim Eggar Insists Continuing North Sea Exploration Is Vital
Exploration and production of oil and gas from the North Sea is still needed if the UK is to meet its energy needs, while ensuring a successful energy transition to net zero, the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Authority, Tim Eggar, has said on Wednesday 24 November 2021.   Speaking to delegates at the combined PROSPEX and PETEX conference in London, Mr Eggar said:"Oil and gas currently provide around three quarters of total UK energy consumption.  
25/11/2021
RWE's £5million Community Investment Is Upskilling Lives In Rural ScotlandThumbnail for article : RWE's £5million Community Investment Is Upskilling Lives In Rural Scotland
RWE marks £5 million donated over 15 years to community funds in Scotland.   Flexible financial support has benefited a wide range of local people, groups and infrastructure.  
25/11/2021
Autumn/winter Vaccination MilestoneThumbnail for article : Autumn/winter Vaccination Milestone
One and half million third doses and boosters delivered.   Scotland's Autumn/Winter vaccination programme has delivered more than one and a half million third doses and boosters (1,502,266) of the COVID-19 jab.  
25/11/2021
New Housing Measures To Protect Poultry And Captive Birds Against Avian FluThumbnail for article : New Housing Measures To Protect Poultry And Captive Birds Against Avian Flu
Bird keepers should review biosecurity and house birds.   The Chief Veterinary Officers for Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland have agreed to bring in new housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza following a number of confirmed cases across Great Britain in recent weeks.  
25/11/2021
Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 25 November 2021Thumbnail for article : Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 25 November 2021
2,932 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   43,011 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 7.2% of these were positive.  
25/11/2021
Contact Tracing Workforce SafeguardedThumbnail for article : Contact Tracing Workforce Safeguarded
£33.1 million to retain over 500 posts.   Scotland's contact tracing workforce will remain in place until September 2022 through a funding commitment of £33.1 million.  
25/11/2021
Good Progress Being Made On Highland Council's Project To Bring ICT Delivery In-house
A report with an update on the progress being made with Project Dòchas - the Highland Council project to transition from outsourced ICT delivery arrangements to in-house provision - was presented to members of yesterday's Corporate Resources Committee.   This new direction for ICT is expected to bring greater benefits in terms of value for money, quality of service and flexibility to meet changing business demands.  
25/11/2021
Council's Revenues And Business Support Section Praised As Accounts Commission Report Is Published
Members of yesterday's Corporate Resources Committee were presented with a paper summarising a thematic study published by the Accounts Commission.   The study focused on the impact of Covid-19 on Scottish council's benefit services, with the report to Committee members specifically highlighting strong performance achieved by Highland Council's Revenues & Business Support section.  
25/11/2021
Assurance And Scrutiny - Reporting On The Vital Role Of Scotland's Housing Benefit ServicesThumbnail for article : Assurance And Scrutiny - Reporting On The Vital Role Of Scotland's Housing Benefit Services
Every year, Scotland's councils pay out £1.4 billion in housing benefit.  Council benefit services are a lifeline service to many needing vital help and support at what can be the most difficult and complex time in their life.  
25/11/2021
The scale of support announced for Bulb Energy makes no sense unless the whole domestic energy market is facing collapseThumbnail for article : The scale of support announced for Bulb Energy makes no sense unless the whole domestic energy market is facing collapse
Newsflash - 6.00pm Entice and Orbit become latest energy firms to go bust adding to the list below.   The well known expert Richard Murphy on many financial matters has researched the current crisis in the energy market in relation to the collapse of Bulb.  
24/11/2021
Deadline extended for Airline bids to provide services for North of ScotlandThumbnail for article : Deadline extended for Airline bids to provide services for North of Scotland
Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson met with HIAL North Airports General Manager, Dougie Cook today on a visit to Wick Airport with Donna Manson, Highland Council's Chief Executive.   The deadline for invitations to tender for the North Scotland/Wick John O'Groats Airport PSO Scheduled Flight Services contract to provide a scheduled air passenger service between Wick John 'O' Groats airport and Edinburgh and Aberdeen has been extended until 12 noon on Tuesday 30 November.  
Entries are now open for the 2022 University of the Highlands and Islands business competitionThumbnail for article : Entries are now open for the 2022 University of the Highlands and Islands business competition
Entries are now open for the 2022 University of the Highlands and Islands business competition.  Budding entrepreneurs with a business idea are invited to apply, with £8000 in prize money up for grabs.  
24/11/2021
Digital health study aims to help pre-operation patients
The University of the Highlands and Islands and NHS Highland are planning to launch a new project to discover if a digital treatment can help patients on the waiting list for knee and hip operations.  The study will see 100 patients from across the Highlands use Joint Academy, a digital treatment app developed by a Swedish digital health company, over a six-month period.  
24/11/2021
Grant Funding Available For Chronic Pain This Winter
ighlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, is spreading the word that grant funding has been announced to assist with supporting those experiencing chronic pain this winter.   As a member of the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions, Mrs Grant has been asked to help spread the word.  
24/11/2021
Extra Funds For Covid-19 Response Overseas
Total of £5 million committed to fight pandemic.   Extra funds worth £1.5 million are to be committed by the Scottish Government to aid the response to COVID-19 in Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia.  
24/11/2021
Making Roads Safer For Older DriversThumbnail for article : Making Roads Safer For Older Drivers
Older drivers (70+) do not pose a significant risk to other road users, but their relative frailty means that they are over-represented in serious crashes - particularly those over 80.   For drivers over 80, the rate of being killed or seriously injured, per licence held, is as high as for those aged 21-29.  
24/11/2021
Commitment To Future Citizens' Assemblies
The Citizens' Assembly of Scotland model should be embedded in Scottish politics to give members of the public a direct role in future decision-making, the Scottish Government has said.   Scotland's first Citizens' Assembly was established in 2019 to consider what kind of country Scotland should be in future and how best to overcome 21st century challenges.