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22/3/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 22march 2021
359 new cases of COVID-19 reported 10,759 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 3.7% of these were positive.   0 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive (Noting that registry offices are now generally closed at weekends).  
22/3/2021
Snp Government Publishes Scottish Independence Draft BillThumbnail for article : Snp Government Publishes Scottish Independence Draft Bill
A draft independence referendum Bill has been published to give people in Scotland the right to decide their future, once the current health crisis is over.   Constitution Secretary Michael Russell said the draft Bill is being brought forward to offer Scotland the choice of who is best placed to lead the country's post-pandemic recovery - the people who live here or a government based in Westminster.  
22/3/2021
Child Disability Payment Pilot Date Announced
New service opens for pilot areas in July.   The new Child Disability Payment will be open in pilot areas for applications from 26 July 2021.  
22/3/2021
Connecting Scotland - Investment In Digital Inclusion Exceeds £48 Million
Investment in the Connecting Scotland programme, to provide low-income households with digital devices and support, has now been increased to more than £48 million.   This includes £26.6 million for the third and next stage of the initiative, meaning a total of 60,000 households will be helped by the end of 2021.  
22/3/2021
Visitor Management Plan agreed for Highland
To meet the growth in visitors to the Highlands of Scotland, The Highland Council's Tourism Committee has agreed a Visitor Management Plan for 2021 which will be adapted to provide a 5-year plan for the future.   The Council will work with other agencies involved in tourism and visitor management to deliver the plan.  
22/3/2021
Unlocking The Potential Of Artificial Intelligence
Measures to help Scotland become a leader in the development and use of trustworthy, ethical and inclusive artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are outlined in a new report.   No longer the preserve of science fiction, AI already powers everyday devices such as smartphones and many more advances - such as self-driving cars – are expected in the near future.  
22/3/2021
Closing The Attainment Gap
Report outlines progress made towards achieving equity in education.   Good progress is being made towards closing the poverty-related attainment gap, a new report has found.  
22/3/2021
Wester Ross Tourism Recovery Plan Secures £193kThumbnail for article : Wester Ross Tourism Recovery Plan Secures £193k
A three-year community-led project to bring about recovery and create a more sustainable future for tourism in Wester Ross, has secured £193,000 from HIE.   The funding will enable the Wester Ross Biosphere (WRB) to adequately support the Wester Ross Tourism Partnership in delivering a destination management plan (DMP) for the area.  
21/3/2021
Podcast - A Review Of FAI Quarterly Economic Commentary With Deloitte, March 2021Thumbnail for article : Podcast - A Review Of FAI Quarterly Economic Commentary With Deloitte, March 2021
Emma Congreve, Head of Poverty & Equalities Analysis at the Fraser of Allander Institute is joined by Mairi Spowage and Adam McGeoch of the Institute and Gavin Hood, Head of Advisory Corporate Finance at Deloitte Scotland.   The Institute sets out the key findings from the latest Quarterly Economic Commentary, including the latest analysis of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Scottish economy and will gain insight from Gavin on consumer and corporate spending in the economy.  
21/3/2021
Trials To Find Preventative Covid-19 Treatments For Most Vulnerable To Launch In UKThumbnail for article : Trials To Find Preventative Covid-19 Treatments For Most Vulnerable To Launch In UK
Two new clinical trials to develop treatments to prevent people catching (coronavirus) COVID-19 are to launch in the UK.   The most vulnerable will receive treatments to stop the spread of the virus in care homes or health settings.  
21/3/2021
Covid: The Inside Story Of The Government's Battle Against The VirusThumbnail for article : Covid: The Inside Story Of The Government's Battle Against The Virus
A comprehensive report at the BBC by Laura Kuenssberg Political editor.   At the beginning of March 2020, I asked a senior member of the government: "Do you feel worried?" They replied: "Personally? No." But just weeks later, Downing Street was scrambling to manage the biggest crisis since World War Two.  
21/3/2021
Half Of All Adults In UK Receive First Dose Of Covid-19 VaccineThumbnail for article : Half Of All Adults In UK Receive First Dose Of Covid-19 Vaccine
Almost 95% of people aged 60 and over have been vaccinated.   Health Secretary hails strength of the Union as UK passes major vaccine milestone.  
21/3/2021
Third Sector Growth Fund in ScotlandThumbnail for article : Third Sector Growth Fund in Scotland
A new £30 million fund is being established to support small businesses within the third sector, helping them to grow as Scotland recovers from the impacts of coronavirus.   The fund will be designed to respond to a need for third sector organisations to access loans to help grow and explore new forms of social investment and finance.  
21/3/2021
Covid-19 Impact On The Tourism And Hospitality Sector, An Insight From The Latest Economic CommentaryThumbnail for article : Covid-19 Impact On The Tourism And Hospitality Sector, An Insight From The Latest Economic Commentary
While COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all sectors of the UK economy, some have been disproportionately affected by this health and economic crisis.  In particular, tourism and hospitality suffered notable losses from the pandemic.  
21/3/2021
Extra £47.6 Million For Vaccines Manufacturing And Innovation Centre
The Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC) has been granted an additional £47.6 million to support the expansion and acceleration of the programme.   The VMIC will be the UK's first national vaccines manufacturing and innovation facility and will be able to respond to pandemics by producing millions of doses quickly.  
21/3/2021
Homeworking In Scotland, An Insight From The Latest Economic CommentaryThumbnail for article : Homeworking In Scotland, An Insight From The Latest Economic Commentary
Article from the Fraser of Allender Institute.   Back in December, we discussed homeworking and whether this new way of working was here to stay.  
21/3/2021
The Covid Effect ­- £186bn Of Income Support, 25 Million Jabs, And Around 25,000 Avoidable Deaths In The Winter WaveThumbnail for article : The Covid Effect ­- £186bn Of Income Support, 25 Million Jabs, And Around 25,000 Avoidable Deaths In The Winter Wave
The Covid-19 pandemic, twelve months on from the first lockdown on 23 March 2021, has been marked by big successes on income support and vaccines, repeated failures on lockdown that have cost lives and deepened the economic crisis, and a legacy of inequality that needs to be addressed in the recovery, according to new Resolution Foundation research published Thursday 18th March 2021.   The 12-month stretch explores the last 12 months of the pandemic through the health crisis, the economic crisis, and their impact on households' ability to cope financially.  
21/3/2021
A' Choimhearsnachd A' Gabhail Thairis Bùth-obrach BhrèascleitThumbnail for article : A' Choimhearsnachd A' Gabhail Thairis Bùth-obrach Bhrèascleit
Chaidh tabhartas de £11,855 a bhuileachadh air Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh (UOC) gus cuideachadh leis an togalach ann am Brèascleit a cheannach, agus na cìsean laghail co-cheangailte ris agus càraidhean leasachail a phàigheadh.   Thèid an goireas ath-uidheamachadh leis a' bhuidheann coimhearsnachd gus àrainneachd shàbhailte, nua-aimsireil a chur air bhonn airson a bhith a' roinn sgilean dèanadach agus eòlas, a' gabhail a-steach ath-uidheamachadh air innealradh àiteachais agus togail sgoth coimhearsnachd.  
21/3/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19 daily data for Scotland - 21 March 2021
532 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   21,010 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 2.9% of these were positive.  
20/3/2021
Explore For A Day Caithness And Sutherland LeafletThumbnail for article : Explore For A Day Caithness And Sutherland Leaflet
Pubished in 2015 this leaflet still shows the huge variety of scenes in the north.   Wide open expanses characterise this northern region of the Highlands.