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9/3/2021
Parents Updated Today On Next Phase Of Highland Pupils Return
A letter has been distributed today to update parents and carers on the next phase of the re-opening of schools in Highland.  The Scottish Government announced last week that more pupils are to return to school (external link) from Monday 15 March.  
8/3/2021
Royal Mail Scam Text Message Alert
The Highland Council Trading Standards team have been alerted to a smishing scam that is currently targeting Highland residents.   The scam involves a text message claiming to be from Royal Mail advising the recipient that they are holding a piece of mail due to unpaid postage.  
3/3/2021
£1.5m tourism investment at heart of Highland's budget proposals for Recovery, Health and Prosperity
A visitor management strategy with £1.5 million investments will be at the heart of proposals being considered by Highland Councillors as they decide the local authority's 2021/22 to 2023/24 revenue budget tomorrow (Thursday 4 March 2021).   Chair of the Council's Tourism Committee Cllr Gordon Adam said: "Members will be asked to support a long-term Highland Visitor Management Strategy which could provide a range of investment opportunities in roads; parking and visitor management; public toilets; enhanced litter and waste collection services; and provision for motorhomes; and public transport.  
3/3/2021
Education Chair Welcomes Return Of More Pupils To Highland School Settings
The First Minister announced yesterday (2 March 2021) to the Scottish Parliament that all remaining primary school children are to return to school full-time from 15 March, with all secondary pupils returning in some form from the 15 March and until the 2 April.   Welcoming the announcement, Chair of the Education Committee, Cllr John Finlayson said: "I am delighted that we can see the return of more of our pupils to school settings in the next couple of weeks.  
2/3/2021
Partnership Approach Delivers Vaccines In Highland By JabbernautThumbnail for article : Partnership Approach Delivers Vaccines In Highland By Jabbernaut
People in The Highland Council area will soon be receiving coronavirus vaccines in their local communities with the help of a purpose-built mobile vaccination unit coined the ‘Jabbernaut'.   Highland Council transport and housing maintenance staff have procured and built a custom-made mobile vaccine unit for NHS Highland to enable health staff to deliver vaccinations across the Highlands.  
2/3/2021
More Highland Businesses To Get Grants - Widened Eligibility For Discretionary Business GrantThumbnail for article : More Highland Businesses To Get Grants - Widened Eligibility For Discretionary Business Grant
The Highland Council today (Tuesday 2 March 2021) widened eligibility and extended the deadline for businesses to apply for its Discretionary Business Grant Scheme.   The Council's Economy and Regeneration Manager Andy McCann said: "We are pleased to advise, that following extra money being made available to us from the Scottish Government, we have now opened up the grant scheme to allow more businesses to apply.  
25/2/2021
Highland Council Staff Numbers Underspend Helps To Create A £3million SurplusThumbnail for article : Highland Council Staff Numbers Underspend Helps To Create A £3million Surplus
The Corporate Resources Committee of Highland council debated the latest account to December 2020 that show an underspend in staffing costs of £14,474.   This saving has helped to create a surplus and stated in the report "at current projections for the year-end outturn position suggest a net year end budget surplus of £3.1m, a significant improvement from the £8.7m forecast overspend reported to this committee in November." Councillor Matthew Reiss appeared today to chair the meeting of the Corporate Resource committee following the resignation of councillor Alister Mackinnon.  
25/2/2021
Partnership Approach Provides Food Support for Highland Households
To help mitigate the persistent uncertainty and challenges arising from the pandemic, the Highland Council continues its humanitarian support, in partnership with the Community Food Initiative North East (CFINE), which operates FareShare Scotland in the north of Scotland.   With funding from the Scottish Government and donations from supermarkets and food suppliers, FareShare, the Highland Council, local community groups and the Third Sector have adopted a collaborative and co-ordinated approach to food support for the wellbeing of households across the Highlands.  
22/2/2021
In-school Learning Returns For Some Pupils Across Highland
School communities across Highland are being encouraged to remain vigilant on safety measures as a partial school return begins today.   Chair of the Education Committee, Cllr John Finlayson said: "I am delighted to see the return of some of our pupils to education settings across Highland today.  
20/2/2021
Caithness Committee discusses Wick and Thurso Active Travel MasterplansThumbnail for article : Caithness Committee discusses Wick and Thurso Active Travel Masterplans
This item was discussed at the meeting and is available on video below.   Members of the Highland Council's Caithness Committee have had the opportunity to review and comment on the two updated Active Travel Masterplans for Wick and Thurso aimed at making it safer for people to walk and cycle in and around the towns.  
20/2/2021
Town Centre Funding to improve Caithness CCTVThumbnail for article : Town Centre Funding to improve Caithness CCTV
Members of the Caithness Committee have agreed to use Town Centre Funding to invest in the CCTV infrastructure for both Wick and Thurso.   £16,100 will be used to digitalise the existing aging analogue public space CCTV system in Wick town centre and connection of the new system into the council's CCTV monitoring office with £25,625 to do the same for Thurso town centre.  
17/2/2021
Preparation continues for phased return of Highland pupils
Letters to parents, senior-phase pupils and supportive information to school staff will be issued this week to explain the phased return to schools for some pupils on 22 February, in line with today's announcements and new guidance issued by the Scottish Government.   A large amount of work and progress has already been achieved to prepare our schools for the return of P1-P3 children and Senior Phase students who will return for essential practical activities for certification, and we will continue to provide in school remote provision for our key worker and most vulnerable learners.  
16/2/2021
Non-domestic Rates Relief Extended - No Charges For All Of 21/22 and more....
Retail, tourism, hospitality and aviation businesses will pay no rates during 2021-22 under proposals outlined today.   It is one of a series of measures proposed by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes following confirmation of a further £1.1 billion of consequential funding arising from UK Government coronavirus (COVID-19) spending.  
14/2/2021
As Rent Arrears Soar England Extends Eviction BanThumbnail for article : As Rent Arrears Soar England Extends Eviction Ban
Housing Secretary extends support for renters during pandemic.   Renters will continue to be supported during the ongoing national lockdown restrictions, with an extension to the ban on bailiff evictions.  
12/2/2021
Temporary road closures in Wick
On Tuesday 16 February 2021 from 9:30 until 17:00, motorists are being advised by The Highland Council that two streets in Wick will be temporary closed to allow KIER to safely carry out Iron work repairs.   U3529 Grant Street, Wick, will be closed from its junction with the U3560 Huddart Street to its junction with C1073 Macarthur Street U3560 Huddart Street, Wick, will closed from its junction with the U3654 Smith Terrace to its junction with U3569 Kinnaird Street.  
12/2/2021
Caithness Area Committee - 21 January 2021 - VideoThumbnail for article : Caithness Area Committee - 21 January 2021 - Video
The agenda was hanged to take the Caithness Horizons paper first.   Read the Agenda Read the Supplementary Agenda Item 3: Minutes Report, 124.69 KB Item 5: Police - Area Performance Summary Report, 75.13 KB.  
11/2/2021
Ongoing rollout of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) 1140 hours
Members at today's Education committee were updated on the ongoing rollout of 1140 hours of funded ELC provision in Highland.  194 ELC settings in Highland are now delivering 1140 hours, with a further 15 settings planned to move to 1140 hours in April 2021.  
11/2/2021
Short, medium and long term action plan agreed at Education Committee
At today's (11 February 2021) meeting of the Council's Education Committee, Members agreed on The Highland Council's Education and Learning three-year draft action plan covering short, medium and longer term priorities.  This plan is currently the focus of consultation with all of our Highland schools, and ongoing collaboration with schools will underpin its future development.  
11/2/2021
Coronavirus: Support For Highland Businesses - Check Grants Available
Grant Schemes delivered by Highland Council The Scottish Government have asked the Council to deliver a number of business grant schemes on their behalf.  The Scottish Government provide the funds for these grant schemes and also define the criteria to be used and who is to benefit from the grant.  
9/2/2021
Temporary road closure - B874 Bridge Street, Halkirk
Motorists are being advised by The Highland Council that there will be a temporary road closure on the B874 Bridge Street, Halkirk on Wednesday 10 February 2021 between the hours of 9:00 until 17:00.   The closure is required to create a safe working area for iron work repairs.