Updates for students, staff and visitors Update March 17: North Highland College UHI is to suspend the delivery of face to face teaching from close of business today, Tuesday 17 March at 5pm, moving to the delivery of teaching and learning online to help reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus within our communities. Students local course leaders will be in touch to explain how this will affect students directly and to communicate how they plan to continue teaching and assessment arrangements.
The Highland Council is urging those from the hospitality and tourism sector who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus crisis to get in touch for support. The Highlands has a large seasonal workforce, many living in ties accommodation provided by their employer.
We would like to reassure you that HIE is doing all it can to gather information and work with Scottish Government to ensure that the appropriate support is reaching our communities and local economy. We hope to soon have more detail about how to access the recently announced Scottish Government grants to help communities affected by Covid19 https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19 You will have seen new headlines emerging daily at a national and UK level with proposed measures to help individuals, businesses and communities.
Highland Council tenants claiming Universal Credit are being urged to look out for messages from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The messages, due to start being sent to claimants from the 6th April 2020 will remind people to log on to their online journal and complete a to-do ‘Report any changes to your housing costs' to ensure their entitlement covers their annual rent increase for the year ahead.
It has become apparent that in the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, individuals and organised groups of criminals are now operating to attack the economy and wealth. Highland Council Trading Standards have today launched a webpage on the Highland Council website aimed at both consumers and businesses to identify the scams known to Trading Standards and our partners.
In the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Highland Council Trading Standards are issuing a warning to the public about a series of new scams related to the virus. One is an email claiming to be from the government, offering a tax rebate to support people through this challenging period.
The First Minster has just made an announcement closing schools after Friday this week. Donna Manson, Chief Executive of The Highland Council said:"Highland Council will need time to assess the impact of this announcement on our workforce, and our communities as well as on the provision of support for our young people.
First Minister Announced today that all schools in Scotland will close by Friday this week. More details will be posted as we get them..
At today's meeting of the Highlands and Islands Local Resilience Partnership (HILRP) (Coronavirus/COVID-19,) members reviewed the emerging guidance from the Scottish Government on self and household isolation and the imminent closure of schools and nurseries which will impact on the staffing levels of all organisations and their capacity to carry out even core activities. Resilience Partnership members are currently exploring how staff can be redeployed from business as usual, as part of the response to limiting the spread of the virus, into other areas where staffing is proving challenging.
HIGH LIFE HIGHLAND FOCUSING ON SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES. High Life Highland today confirmed that the Charity has reached the difficult decision to close all archive centres, libraries, leisure centres, museums and swimming pools across the Highlands in line with both Scottish Government and UK Government's advice to minimise social contact.
The Highland Council is planning for greatly increased staff absence levels over the coming days and weeks. National modelling estimates that councils will see absences of at least 50% over the months ahead.
The Highland Council has taken the decision to postpone all committee meetings and Member workshops due to take place in March and April. Convener of The Highland Council Bill Lobban said: "The decision has been taken in response to the Prime Minister and First Minister's announcements on Monday afternoon, and the guidelines that have been issued thereafter.
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The Chief Executive of The Highland Council, Donna Manson has today given assurance that the local authority is working to national advice, and guidance in the response to coronavirus - COVID19. At a media briefing held in Council headquarters with Dr Boyd Peters, Medical Director for NHS Highland, Mrs Manson said: "On a daily basis it is no longer business as usual in Highland Council.
The Highland Council is working closely with partners in Resilience and following national guidance in relation to the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation. Chief Executive Donna Manson said: "The situation is rapidly changing and we are planning and preparing for the weeks ahead.
A decision was agreed at the full Council meeting of The Highland Council on 12th March 2020 to make a minor amendment to the newly introduced Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) vehicle restrictions policy. The vehicle restrictions which were introduced at the beginning of February 2020 will be amended with immediate effect to allow householders with oversize trailers access to HWRC to dispose of their household garden waste, electrical appliances and furniture only.
Highland Council has listened to concerns raised by members and bidders over the process of the Trades Services Framework and tender exercise. After a stand-still period which ended on 9 March 2020 and further discussion, Highland Council has announced the termination of the original framework and tender process.
Wick John O'Groats Airport has been hit hard with the news that Loganair is to axe the flights between Wick and Edimburgh Bookings had already dropped in the last year and the Cornavirus has made things worse. The service will cease at the end of March.
Subsea 7 will be moving 2 towheads for the Buzzard Project from Wick Harbour to Wester Site in the coming days. The first towhead move is much the same as a normal towhead move and it is planned to leave Wick Harbour on Friday 13th March at around 09:30 and proceed directly to Wester Site - see sketch below.