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Jobs and How To Get ThemThumbnail for article : Jobs and How To Get Them
North Highland College.   Saturday 9th February 2019..  
8/2/2019
Stalling life expectancy is a warning light for public health in Scotland
Two reports out today show that the increase in life expectancy that has shown steady progress in Scotland since the Second World War, has now stalled and that health inequalities have worsened.  In the past seven years, Scotland has seen the slowest growth in life expectancy, since at least the late 1970s and death rates have now begun to rise for people living in our poorest areas.  
8/2/2019
Council clarifies concerns surrounding Export Health Certificates
The Highland Council's Environmental Health team currently allocates significant resource to facilitate Highland based food manufacturer's trade with EU and non-EU countries.  This work can be split into two categories; statutory and non-statutory.  
7/2/2019
Action Against FloodingThumbnail for article : Action Against Flooding
£713,000 to increase community resilience.   Communities across Scotland will benefit from more than £700,000 additional funding to improve flood protection.  
7/2/2019
Scottish Restaurant Failures Rose 86.3% In 2018
The number of restaurants in Scotland going bust last year increased by 86.3% according to new analysis of the sector by leading accountants and business advisers French Duncan LLP.  The firm has analysed official Insolvency Service statistics and found that annual restaurant failures increased from 73 in 2017 to 136 in 2018 which is equivalent to one restaurant going bust every three days.  
7/2/2019
End Of ‘amateur' Landlord Era As 2019 Marks Year When Private Rented Sector Changes
The era of the ‘amateur' landlord may be at an end according to Scottish accountants and business advisors French Duncan.   This year will see further erosion of the tax benefits of being a landlord and by 2020 there will be few financial incentives left for landlords.  
7/2/2019
Scottish Businesses ‘hostile To Brexit' As Two Thirds Expect No Benefits
Scottish businesses owners remain "hostile to the idea of Brexit", accountants and financial advisers French Duncan have said after a new survey showed two thirds of Scottish businesses don't believe they will benefit from Brexit.   Just over eight per cent of businesses said they thought their business would benefit from Brexit, while a quarter didn’t know.  
7/2/2019
Business Owners Warned Over 3% Increase In Mandatory Pensions Contributions From April
Scottish business owners are warned that mandatory pension contributions are increasing by 3% in April and action is needed immediately according to leading accountants and business advisors French Duncan LLP.  From 6th April 2019, where employers make the minimum 3% contribution then employees must make 5% in pension auto-enrolment contributions to ensure the minimum 8% total contribution is met.  
7/2/2019
Scotland Wales Set Out Brexit Fears
Joint statement by the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales.   The First Ministers of Scotland and Wales have issued the following joint statement on Brexit.  
7/2/2019
Loan Support For Remote Rural Areas
Less Favoured Areas loan scheme confirmed.   Up to £57 million will be injected into some of Scotland's most remote and rural communities, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed.  
7/2/2019
Scottish bankruptcies up by 10%
The latest statistics from Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) highlight a 10% rise in bankruptcies with an overall increase in Scottish personal insolvencies continuing to be driven by growth in the protected trust deed (PTD) market.   In the third quarter of 2018-19 covering the period 1 October to 31 December there were 1,981 PTDs in the third quarter of 2018-19, an increase of 23.8% on the same quarter last year.  
7/2/2019
Scottish Corporate Failures Rose 21.2% During 2018
The number of Scottish firms failing in 2018 rose 21.2% according to analysis of the latest figures by accountants and business advisers French Duncan LLP.  The latest Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) figures (AiB uses financial year so their current statistics show the period from October to December as the third quarter whereas we are using the calendar year) show that 945 Scottish firms failed during 2018 compared with 780 the previous year.  
7/2/2019
Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 31 December 2018Thumbnail for article : Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 31 December 2018
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength, which gives the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland.   The key findings of the statistics are: There were 17,175 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 December 2018.  
7/2/2019
New wind Turbine At Forss Held Up For More InformationThumbnail for article : New wind Turbine At Forss Held Up For More Information
The Planning review committee of Highland council has deferred a decision on the extra turbine at Forss.   The applicant was Whirlwind Renewables.  
7/2/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 7 February 2019
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (February, 7th) sold 388 sheep of all classes.   Lambs (240) averaged £50.67 and sold to £80 gross for a pen of Lleyn crosses from Steall, Fort William.  
7/2/2019
Bank Of England Outlook For The EconomyThumbnail for article : Bank Of England Outlook For The Economy
The interest rate decision Our role is to set interest rates to influence the amount of spending in the economy in order to ensure inflation (the pace of price rises) returns to our 2% target sustainably.   Low and stable inflation supports growth and jobs.  
Prospect Ballots Air Traffic Controllers In Highlands And Islands Airports On PayThumbnail for article : Prospect Ballots Air Traffic Controllers In Highlands And Islands Airports On Pay
Prospect has confirmed arrangements for balloting air traffic controllers at Highlands and Islands Airports Limited on industrial action.   The ballot will open on 11 February and close on 1 March.  
7/2/2019
Bank Of England Inflation Report - Statement By GovernorThumbnail for article : Bank Of England Inflation Report - Statement By Governor
Opening Remarks by the Governor of the Bank of England - Mark Carney.   The Fog of Brexit.  
7/2/2019
Energy Prices To Rise As Price Cap ChangesThumbnail for article : Energy Prices To Rise As Price Cap Changes
Higher wholesale costs push up default and pre-payment price caps from April 2019.   From 1 April, the levels of the default tariff price cap will increase by £117 and pre-payment meter cap by £106 to reflect higher costs Customers on default deals are still better off - Ofgem analysis suggests that without the default tariff cap they could be overcharged by £75-£100 a year.  
6/2/2019
Fast Food: The Real Cost of ConvenienceThumbnail for article : Fast Food: The Real Cost of Convenience
The UK has seen a 34% increase in fast food outlets between 2010 and 2018.  In fact, the takeaway industry accounted for £9.9 billion of UK spending, and by 2017 there was over 36,855 dedicated takeaways across the UK.