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15/6/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19: daily data for Scotland - 15 June 2021
974 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   20,761 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 5.0% of these were positive.  
15/6/2021
New Year's Day Trading
A consultation seeking the views of business, retailers and shop workers on New Year's Day trading has been published.   Running for 10 weeks until 24 August, the consultation aims to determine whether the current law should change and restrict large retailers from trading on New Year's Day as is the case on Christmas Day.  
15/6/2021
Funding For New Treatment Standards For Drug Users
A total of £4 million is being spent on introducing new treatment standards which will ensure drug users start receiving support on the day they ask for it.   The funding was announced following the first meeting of the Implementation Group which is responsible for overseeing delivery of the national mission on drug deaths.  
15/6/2021
Scottish Government Workforce Statistics March 2021
The latest quarterly Scottish Government Workforce Information statistics have been published today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.  These statistics cover the numbers of workers, staff sickness rates and the diversity of staff up to the most recent quarter ending March 2021.  
15/6/2021
School Leaver Follow-up Destinations
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published ‘Summary Statistics for Follow-up Leaver Destinations, No.  3: 2021 Edition’.  
14/6/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19: daily data for Scotland - 14 June 2021
761 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   15,781 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 5.2% of these were positive.  
14/6/2021
Vaccines Highly Effective Against Hospitalisation From Delta Variant
New analysis by PHE shows for the first time that 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant.   The analysis suggests: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses.  
14/6/2021
£1.6 Billion Investment To Upgrade Uk Defence Estate
Four contracts will deliver repairs and maintenance services across the UK defence estate, supporting thousands of UK jobs over the next seven years.   Four new contracts worth £1.6-billion have been awarded to industry delivering crucial building maintenance and hard facilities repair services across the UK defence estate.  
14/6/2021
Vaccination Programme Accelerated in England As Step 4 Is Paused As Next Wave Of Covid Rises Steeply
Step 4 will be delayed by up to four weeks and the vaccination programme accelerated to respond to the rapid spread of the Delta variant.   Step 4 of the Roadmap paused for four weeks while vaccination programme is accelerated following significant rise in more transmissible variant.  
14/6/2021
Government's Integrated Review Drives Dstl's Recruitment Campaign
Dstl - the science inside UK defence and security - is launching its biggest recruitment drive in recent years and comes as the Government pushes its priority on Science and Technology (S&T) for Defence and Security.   The MOD is investing £6 billion in Research and Development over the next 4 years, and includes an additional £1.1 billion specifically for Science and Technology and pull through activities.  
14/6/2021
Government Increases Licence Fees For Gambling Operators
The Government has today published its response to a consultation on proposals to increase the fees payable by gambling operators to the Gambling Commission.   Government publishes consultation response on increases to Gambling Commission fees.  
13/6/2021
Bringing Forward Second Doses
People over 40 whose second coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment is scheduled more than eight weeks after their first are being encouraged to seek an earlier slot.   It follows recent advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommending that the interval for second doses be brought forward from 12 to eight weeks - where supply allows - particularly in areas where the Delta variant is a major threat.  
13/6/2021
Support For Students Impacted By Covid-19
Students experiencing hardship over summer as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) can apply for financial support if they are struggling to meet accommodation and other costs.   Backed by £20 million of new funding, students in financial hardship can apply directly to their college or university's Coronavirus Discretionary Fund.  
13/6/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19: Daily Data For Scotland - 13 June 2021
1,036* new cases of COVID-19 reported.   22,856 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 5.0% of these were positive.  
12/6/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19: daily data for Scotland - 12 June 2021
1,030* new cases of COVID-19 reported.   26,650 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 4.1% of these were positive.  
12/6/2021
Calls To Extend Seafood Task Force
Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon has called for continued regular engagement with the seafood industry and UK Government to help the sector navigate the challenges presented by Brexit.   A sector specific taskforce aimed at supporting the sector is set to hold its final meeting on Monday 14 June.  
12/6/2021
Expanding The National Vaccination Programme
International students are to be included in the national coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme.   Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has confirmed this will take place in line with guidelines from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) for the coming academic year (2021-22).  
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Plans for Caithness to become the host site for a prototype generator for one of the world's most efficient, cleanest and lowest carbon forms of energy have taken a step forward.   A bid to host the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) prototype fusion power plant was submitted by the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) in March.  
11/6/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19: daily data for Scotland - 11 June 2021
1,104* new cases of COVID-19 reported.   28,563 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 4.1% of these were positive.  
11/6/2021
Highland Council Launches #buildingourfuturehighland
The Highland Council today launches Building Our Future Highland - a campaign dedicated to keeping the public updated on the progress of works for the re-profiled capital programme's education, housing, and property projects across the region.   Chair of the Housing and Property Committee, Cllr Ben Thompson said: "I would encourage anyone interested in the development of our housing, property and schools to utilise this new campaign and keep informed on the progress of works in Highland.