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29/7/2019
Preparing Brexit - No DealThumbnail for article : Preparing Brexit - No Deal
With the new Prime Minister committing to leave by 31 October "no ifs and no buts", and the existing barriers to a deal with the EU remaining unchanged, the prospect of a no deal exit is rising.   A new paper from the Institute for Government looks at what the Prime Minister will need to do in the next 94 days to prepare for no deal, and what he will have to do after 31 October if the UK has left the EU without a deal.  
29/7/2019
Regional policy requires rethink as myth of London's productivity debunked
An interesting article in the Guardian newspaper on Sunday 21st June 2019.   Larry Elliot discusses a new piece of research from Steve Fothergill and Tina Beatty of Sheffield Hallam University.  
Can You Afford To Build Your Own Home?Thumbnail for article : Can You Afford To Build Your Own Home?
Before you begin planning your new home it is imperative you set a budget.  And, as your build progresses, you must monitor the spend to ensure you stay within budget.  
Hold The Date For The NDA Supply Chain Event At A New Venue In 2020
The event, now in its ninth year, has been an overwhelming success in engaging with the suppliers who are so essential to achieving our decommissioning mission.   Since launching in 2011, the event has attracted a total of around 10,000 visitors from more than 20 countries, representing thousands of companies both large and small.  
27/7/2019
Scottish Insolvency Statistics: April To June 2019
Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) has released official statistics reporting personal and company insolvencies in Scotland for the first quarter (April to June 2019) of 2019-20 and final estimates for the 2018-19 financial year.   Scottish Insolvency Statistics for April to June 2019 (2019-20 Q1).  
27/7/2019
Autumn 2020 For Organ Donation Opt-out System
Legislation to introduce an opt-out system of organ and tissue donation for deceased donors will come into force in Autumn 2020.   The new law will add to the package of measures already in place which have led to significant increases in donation and transplantation over the last decade.  
27/7/2019
Harris Marina Hub Officially OpensThumbnail for article : Harris Marina Hub Officially Opens
The number of vessels visiting Harris has doubled in the past year since new pontoons were put into place at Tarbert and Scalpay.   The facilities, officially opened on Wednesday (24 July), provide the last vital link in the chain of marine facilities on the east coast of the Outer Hebrides.  
27/7/2019
£32 Million To Help Cut NHS Waiting Times
The NHS in Scotland will receive a further £32 million to help reduce waiting times.   The investment is in addition to £70 million funding announced by the Health Secretary in April and brings the amount being spent on the Waiting Times Improvement Plan for 2019-20 to £102 million.  
27/7/2019
Loans Offered To Farmers Early
Funding released to help mitigate impacts of Brexit.   A National Basic Payment Support Scheme providing vital financial support to Scottish farmers in advance of Brexit has been launched.  
27/7/2019
Scottish Income Tax Revenues Grew By 1.8% In 2017-18
The combined number of higher and additional rate taxpayers in Scotland is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the UK, according to new figures.   Official statistics published by HMRC show that income tax revenues grew by 1.8%, to £10.9 billion in 2017-18, with growth driven primarily by an increase in contributions from higher and additional rate taxpayers - those earning above £43,000 in Scotland in 2017-18.  
25/7/2019
High Life Highland Card Expands To BordersThumbnail for article : High Life Highland Card Expands To Borders
Borders area joins Leisure Link Partnership providing more Leisure access across Scotland The LeisureLink Partnership which includes High Life Highland today announced a new member to the partnership taking the total to five areas of Scotland that will see highlife members able to access free use of leisure facilities outside the Highland region at Live Borders facilities for the first time.   The Leisure Link Partnership, designed and managed by High Life Highland means that when working away from home or on holiday members from participating areas can, at no extra cost, use the local facilities as part of their existing home based membership.  
NHS Highland Widens Hospital Visiting Hours
NHS Highland plans to open up hospital visiting times so that patients can benefit from more flexible arrangements at the end of this month (July 2019).   Rather than having visiting hours at set times, the board's Welcome / Failte Initiative will see patients being able to ask friends, relatives and carers to visit at times that better suit everyone involved.  
24/7/2019
Executive Chief Officers appointed by The Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : Executive Chief Officers appointed by The Highland Council
As part of The Highland Council's re-design, the Council has made three appointments to new posts of Executive Chief Officer.   Taking up appointment on 13 August 2019 is Liz Denovan , Executive Chief Officer - Resources and Finance; Carron McDiarmid, Executive Chief Officer - Customer and Communities takes up post in September and Lesley Weber starts on 25 September as Executive Chief Officer - Health and Social Care.  
24/7/2019
Dull Days At Work For People In Scotland
A recent survey by The Open College has discovered more than a third of employees in Scotland would describe their job as ‘utterly dull' while 30% would even call it ‘soul destroying' as many feel unrewarded in their current place of work.   One in five people living in Scotland are stuck in a ‘boring or unrewarding' job, according to a study released this week.  
24/7/2019
Only Fools Rush Into Mobile Payments And Cryptocurrencies
The Register has an interesting warning to us all as digital currencies begin to be promoted to us using apps on our phones and more.   Jumping on the digital currency band wagon might cost a lot if you get your count scammed.  
24/7/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 23 July 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 23rd) sold 26 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (8) averaged 203.9p (-1.1p) and sold to 220.0p per kg and £1,314.45gross.  
24/7/2019
How the Government Wastes Billions Through project Failures And how to Prevent It
Report suggests new ways of working.   A paper written by the think tank's co-chair, Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, who also sits on the Public Accounts Committee.  
23/7/2019
Over 500,000 To Transfer From DWP To New Scottish Social Security Department
Social security case transfer: policy position paper.   The purpose of this paper is to set out our approach to transferring existing benefits cases from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to our own agency Social Security Scotland.  
23/7/2019
UK natural capital: mountains, moorland and heath accounts
1.  Main points In 2017, electricity generation in the UK from onshore windfarms in mountains, moorlands and heath was over 24 times larger than in 2003.  
23/7/2019
Devolved social security benefits: Updated stakeholder engagement toolkit
The stakeholder toolkit has been updated.  It is designed for all public, third sector and charitable organisations who are involved in the delivery of, or providing advice on, the new social security benefits which are being devolved to the Scottish Government under the Scotland Act 2016.