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21/2/2020
Dr Alan Renwick Discusses Top Tips For Effective Listening With Climate AssemblyThumbnail for article : Dr Alan Renwick Discusses Top Tips For Effective Listening With Climate Assembly
Unit Deputy Director, Dr Alan Renwick, spoke at the opening of the second weekend of the Climate Assembly on how to critically engage with evidence presented over the course of the Assembly.   In June 2019, six Select Committees of the House of Commons called a citizens' assembly to understand public preferences on how the UK should tackle climate change because of the impact these decisions will have on people's lives.  
21/2/2020
Stromeferry Bypass Option Selection -14km Of New RoadThumbnail for article : Stromeferry Bypass Option Selection -14km Of New Road
The Highland Council has been carrying out an extensive appraisal process in order to identify a preferred solution to the rock fall prone A890 Stromeferry Bypass road.   The road has been subject to numerous closures because of rockfalls and also due to the regular work which is carried out to inspect and stabilise the slopes.  
21/2/2020
INSIDE BRIEFING podcast - serious discussions about governmentThumbnail for article : INSIDE BRIEFING podcast - serious discussions about government
For those of you interested in some very serious discussions about government the briefings on the Institute for Government may be of interest Every week on the INSIDE BRIEFING podcast, IfG Director Bronwen Maddox welcomes experts, analysts and special guests for a free-ranging conversation on what makes government work - and how to fix it when it doesn't.   Podcasts usually last around 30 to 40 minutes.  
20/2/2020
Ferries Diversions Due To Bad Weather
MV Hamnavoe diverts via Inner Sound/Gills Bay for passage between Scrabster & Stromness early this afternoon 20.02.20.   This route has been chosen by her Captain as it offers better shelter that attempting to 'direct' 28 mile route to West of Hoy that would have been judged as unviable due to comfort matters ...  
20/2/2020
Inverness Castle transformation - project updateThumbnail for article : Inverness Castle transformation - project update
The Highland Council today announced further details in progress towards the planned transformation for Inverness Castle which will begin after the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service vacate the building in a few weeks' time.   The Castle project will be a gateway for Highland tourism and is a vital part of the regeneration of Inverness city centre.  
20/2/2020
Search and Rescue teams to receive share of £1 million to boost resourcesThumbnail for article : Search and Rescue teams to receive share of £1 million to boost resources
- vital Search and Rescue teams to receive share of £1 million to boost resources.   - grants will fund lifeboats and kit for volunteer search teams - fund has awarded almost £6 million to date, saving lives on UK waterways - volunteer organisations undertaking lifesaving search and rescue work are set to benefit from a £1 million boost for vital new equipment.  
20/2/2020
Turner £20 Enters Circulation Today
Today, the new polymer £20 note featuring artist JMW Turner has entered circulation for the first time.  The new note will start appearing in ATMs and tills throughout the country and we expect half of all ATMs across the UK to be dispensing polymer £20s two weeks after issue.  
20/2/2020
Staff vacancies in care services 2018
Published: 27 January 2020.   The Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) published new figures on the levels of staff vacancies in Scotland's social care services today.  
19/2/2020
Scottish Government Budget In Current Form Will Devastate CommunitiesThumbnail for article : Scottish Government Budget In Current Form Will Devastate Communities
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has warned that the Scottish Government's Budget will hit vulnerable communities the hardest.   COSLA has warned the Government that it has not considered successive years of cuts, or rising inflation and demand and have therefore put council services at risk.  
19/2/2020
Shipment Of Highly Active Waste From The UK To Germany
Over the coming years the UK will be returning highly active waste in the form of vitrified residues to Germany.   The waste results from the reprocessing and recycling of spent nuclear fuel at the Sellafield site in West Cumbria, which had previously been used to produce electricity by utilities in Germany.  
19/2/2020
10,000 Workers To Boost British Farming SectorThumbnail for article : 10,000 Workers To Boost British Farming Sector
Seasonal Workers Pilot expanded to boost edible horticulture sector for the 2020 harvest.   The Government will quadruple the number of workers farms can recruit on a temporary basis from outside the EU this year to take up seasonal work.  
19/2/2020
Coronavirus TestingThumbnail for article : Coronavirus Testing
Coronavirus screening laboratories in Glasgow and Edinburgh have tested 202 possible cases in the first 10 days since testing began in Scotland.   Combined with the previous tests at the Public Health England facility in Colindale, London, it brings the total number of tests from Scotland to 290 at close of play yesterday.  
19/2/2020
UK announces new points-based immigration system
The new system takes effect from 1 January 2021.   Home Secretary Priti Patel will today (Wednesday 19 February 2020) launch a new points-based immigration system which will open up the UK to the brightest and the best from around the world.  
19/2/2020
UK House Price Index Scotland: December 2019Thumbnail for article : UK House Price Index Scotland: December 2019
*the average price of a property in Scotland was £151,603.   *the annual price change of a property in Scotland was 2.2% *the monthly price change of a property in Scotland was -1.5% *the index figure for Scotland (January 2015 = 100) was 112.3.  
19/2/2020
Scottish Government Response To UK Goverment's Immigration Proposals
Scotland's Migration Minister Ben Macpherson said:"The UK Government's immigration proposals are an insult to Scotland - they completely disregard the needs of our employers, our public services and our communities.   "There is a clear need for a fundamentally different approach to migration policy to reflect Scotland's distinct demographic and geographical needs.  
19/2/2020
Fairy Pool Path In Skye Gets The Go Ahead Thanks To Funding BoostThumbnail for article : Fairy Pool Path In Skye Gets The Go Ahead Thanks To Funding Boost
With up to 1,000 visitors a day flocking to Skye's spectacular Fairy Pools during peak season, news that a new and improved access path is to be put in place, thanks to support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, has been welcomed by Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber.   Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA) - run by residents on Skye - recently secured £16,750 from Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity which is funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to kick start the Fairy Path project.  
19/2/2020
World's first timing centre to protect UK from risk of satellite failure
The UK's emergency service responders and other critical services could be set for more resilient time systems through the world's first National Timing Centre here in the UK.   - - £36 million investment in new, world-first National Timing Centre to provide additional resilience to public services and the economy against the potential impact of satellite systems failure - - the centre will aim to provide accurate time to 999 responders and the energy grid without relying on satellite technologies a further £40 million will be invested in a new research programme, - - Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics, to help the UK lead the world in unlocking the benefits of quantum technologies.  
19/2/2020
New plan for improvement with Northern Alliance Education GroupThumbnail for article : New plan for improvement with Northern Alliance Education Group
A brand new Regional Improvement Plan for the Northern Alliance has been endorsed by Education Scotland, shared with the Scottish Government, shaped and tweaked by workstream leads alongside lead officer Helen Budge and is now available to view Online HERE.   The improvement collaborative brings together eight local authority areas and the new plan marks phase three of the Northern Alliance's work since it was established.  
19/2/2020
Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for fundingThumbnail for article : Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding
How UK businesses and researchers can continue to access Horizon 2020 funding even after 31 January 2020.   UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in Horizon 2020 programmes and receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual projects, This includes projects finishing after 1 January 2021.  
19/2/2020
£500 Million Boost For UK Film Industry From US Firm
A US firm has announced its plans to build a £150 million film studio in Reading.   The UK's creative industry is expected to benefit from a £500 million boost following an announcement today (19 February) of a major investment planned by a leading US film studio.