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Highland Council Notes Home Farm Outcomes - 10 Deaths
The Highland Council has noted the outcomes at Inverness Sherriff Court this morning regarding Home Farm Care Home on the Isle of Skye.   The Sheriff made no decision on the Care Inspectorate's application to suspend registration but has adjourned the matter until 10 June 2020 on the basis that the collaborative approach being taken will continue to be monitored.  
Highland Council promotes online training courses during COVID-19Thumbnail for article : Highland Council promotes online training courses during COVID-19
The Highland Council is encouraging individuals across the area who have been furloughed or made redundant during COVID-19 to access a range of online training courses, produced by education bodies.  The courses seek to provide individuals with both soft and hard skills development in response to the current COVID-19 Emergency.  
2,600 Jobs Slashed As OVO Backtrack On SSE Promise
OVO is reneging on its promise that no jobs would be lost, whilst soaking up taxpayers money.   GMB, the union for OVO/SSE staff has hit out after the energy giant's betrayal in slashing 2,600 jobs.  
NHS Sites In Highlands To Benefit As Construction Ramps Up On Vital Digital ConnectivityThumbnail for article : NHS Sites In Highlands To Benefit As Construction Ramps Up On Vital Digital Connectivity
CITYFIBRE, the UK's third national digital infrastructure platform, is connecting 152 public sector sites in the Highlands to gigabit-capable full fibre broadband as part of a £7.5m contract to bolster digital services in the area through the SWAN framework.   Work has restarted on building critical digital infrastructure in Inverness, including NHS sites such as Raigmore Hospital being treated as a priority due to the coronavirus.  
New report shows older workers could be left behind by Covid-19
Age Scotland has called for more support for older workers, who have been among those hardest hit financially by the coronavirus crisis.   Research by the Resolution Foundation found that older and younger workers have largely borne the brunt of the economic fallout in recent months.  
Young Workers In The Coronavirus CrisisThumbnail for article : Young Workers In The Coronavirus Crisis
Findings from the Resolution Foundation's coronavirus survey 18 May 2020.   Maja GustafssonMaja Gustafsson The coronavirus crisis is expected to hit workers hard, with evidence from previous crises indicating that the young are likely to be affected to a greater degree than most.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 19 May 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 19th) sold 8 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (3) averaged 201.9p and sold to 206.0p per kg and £1,290.00 gross.  
SSE Promise To Engineers Turns To Dust - 215 Engineers To Be Made Redundant
OVO ENERGY TO MAKE 215 ENGINEERS REDUNDANT.   Promises were made that the sale of SSE's retail business to OVO would not lead to a single job loss says GMB GMB, the Energy Union, has slammed OVO Energy over its intention to close their home services section.  
Garden waste collection service off to a great start
The Highland Council would like to remind Garden Waste Collection Service permit holders that the service resumed last Monday (11th May 2020) after being suspended due to the impact of COVID-19 on staff resources.   Carron McDiarmid, Executive Chief Officer for Communities and Place said: "Feedback from our crews from the first week of collections is that the quality of the material collected from the brown bins was excellent with very little contamination which is really positive and I would like to thank the public for making a concerted effort to ensure that only the correct material was put into their bins.  
BROADBAND WARS: Energy Expert Reveals, How to Understand Expensive BillsThumbnail for article : BROADBAND WARS: Energy Expert Reveals, How to Understand Expensive Bills
Home internet usage has soared in the past month, which has led to slow speeds and poor connection, and as a result broadbands have been struggling to cope.  Interestingly, This Is Money reported that these slow speeds are causing issues between family members in the same household, as it was found that one in five households experienced problems with their internet last month.  
What do the latest indicators tell us about the impact of the coronavirus on the Scottish Economy?Thumbnail for article : What do the latest indicators tell us about the impact of the coronavirus on the Scottish Economy?
Article published at the Fraser of Allender Institute 15 May 2020.   Recently we published an article looking at the emerging indicators of impacts of Covid-19 on the Scottish economy.  
Highland Council proposes network of safe walking and cycling routes in response to Coronavirus pandemic
The Highland Council and NHS Highland have submitted an ambitious bid to the Scottish Government's Spaces for People fund seeking support to deliver rapid active travel interventions.  If successful, towns across Highland and the city of Inverness will see a roll-out of temporary walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure over the coming weeks and months.  
Update on COVID-19 grants issued by Highland Council
The COVID-19 small business and self-catering grant scheme, set up to help companies stay in business during the coronavirus crisis, has now paid out £48.9m million to 4359 Highland businesses.  This now includes payments to owners of multiple premises following the expansion of the scheme on 5th May 2020.  
The civil service after Brexit: lessons from the Article 50 periodThumbnail for article : The civil service after Brexit: lessons from the Article 50 period
A paper from the Institute For Government Published 15 May 2020 A divided cabinet and battles between parliament and the government revealed fundamental tensions in the civil service's role and its duty to "serve the government of the day".   This report says that both Theresa May and Boris Johnson failed to defend the civil service when MPs and commentators questioned its impartiality.  
Coronavirus (covid-19): Help For People Who Need Additional Support
Helpline for those who do not have family or community support.   A helpline has been set up to provide essential assistance to those who do not have a network of support, but who may be at increased risk if they contract coronavirus (COVID-19).  
Highlands and Islands MSPs urge the Third Sector to apply for new Wellbeing Fund before the Deadline
Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs Rhoda Grant and David Stewart have urged Third Sector organisations in the Highlands and Islands to apply to the £10million Wellbeing Fund for community and third sector organisations across Scotland.   Groups who meet the criteria of working with at risk groups with needs which are not being met; provide vital wellbeing support on issues such as mental health, personal finances, employment, housing, food, physical health and home life or; provide immediate and emerging forms of support are being urged to get applications in by the deadline of Friday 22 May 2020.  
A Tariff Negotiation Is Not An Adequate Brexit Concession
An article by Alex Stojanovic Published 14 May 2020 a the Institute for Government.   Alex Stojanovic argues that the government's suggested offer of some UK-EU tariffs is unlikely to provide a breakthrough moment.  
The future of the store post-Covid-19Thumbnail for article : The future of the store post-Covid-19
11 JUN 2020, 15:00 BST, 10:00 EDT REGISTER HERE The world is beginning to pick itself up again following the rapid spread of coronavirus.  Many countries are coming out of lockdown and beginning to learn what the new normal will look like going forward.  
Spotlight: The Bank of England and financial education in schools
The Bank of England is committed to equipping the next generation with the tools and skills they need to understand the economy, as well as the Bank's role in it and how it affects their own lives.   The Bank launched a new education programme in 2017 to help achieve this.  
Highland Council Recovery Board Established
A Highland Council Recovery Board has been established to lead and plan the Council's emergence from lockdown and provide strategic coordination for a Recovery Action Plan for Council services.  The Board will also provide oversight and direction for the Council's partnership with communities and partners to support the Highland Region’s return to wellbeing, prosperity and economic success.