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18/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Update: First Minister's Statement - 18 January 2021
Statement given by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a media briefing in St Andrew's House, Edinburgh on Monday 18 January 2021.   Thank you for joining us again today.  
18/1/2021
Support For Taxi And Private Hire DriversThumbnail for article : Support For Taxi And Private Hire Drivers
New fund to support taxi and private hire drivers affected by the pandemic will launch this week.   Local authorities will directly approach an estimated 38,000 private hire and taxi drivers inviting them to claim a £1,500 grant to assist with fixed costs, boosting the support from other funding for loss of income available through the Scottish and UK Governments.  
18/1/2021
Rhoda Grant MSP Demands Action As People In The Highlands Face Cost Of Living Crisis
Local Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant has demanded action to protect families and households across the Highlands who are staring down the barrel of a ‘cost of living crisis' caused by the pandemic.   Statistics published by the Scottish Government last week have revealed the extent of the cost of living crisis facing the people of the Highlands with many thousands seeking help with council tax exemptions.  
18/1/2021
Inverness Castle transformation - project updateThumbnail for article : Inverness Castle transformation - project update
Statutory applications lodged today with The Highland Council signal progress in the planned transformation for Inverness Castle to become a tourism gateway for the Highlands.  The applications are for: Listed building consent Building warrant approval.  
18/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 18 January 2021
1,429 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   13,294 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 12.3% of these were positive.  
18/1/2021
Public Contract opportunities for Highland businessesThumbnail for article : Public Contract opportunities for Highland businesses
The Highland Council is encouraging businesses to sign up to an upcoming free webinar event to find out more about public contract opportunities.   The Council, along with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council, have teamed up with the Supplier Development Programme (SDP), a free business support service that offers tender training and advice to Scottish micro, small and medium sized businesses.  
18/1/2021
Scottish Statutory Debt Solutions Statistics: December 2020Thumbnail for article : Scottish Statutory Debt Solutions Statistics: December 2020
Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) has released experimental statistics reporting statutory debt solutions in Scotland for December 2020.   There were 9,070 personal insolvencies in the calendar year 2020, 4,542 (33.4%) fewer than in the same period the year before.  
18/1/2021
Extra Funding To Support Unpaid Carers
An investment of £750,000 in local carer centres will increase support for unpaid carers of all ages, helping them to take a break from caring and access other much-needed help.   This recognises some of the challenges faced by unpaid carers, with many regular sources of support having stopped or moved online due to the pandemic.  
18/1/2021
Debt Arrangement Scheme - Missed Payments UpdateThumbnail for article : Debt Arrangement Scheme - Missed Payments Update
From the Accountant in Bankruptcy - Scotland's Insolvency Service.   In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 starting in March 2020, The Debt Arrangment Scheme (DAS) Administrator has published updated guidance for DAS clients and money advisers.  
17/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 17 January 2021
1,341 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   16,256 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 9.5% of these were positive.  
17/1/2021
New Chief Executive Takes Over At Simec Atlantis Energy - Owner of MeygenThumbnail for article : New Chief Executive Takes Over At Simec Atlantis Energy - Owner of Meygen
SIMEC Atlantis Energy that owns Meygen that runs the turbines in the Pentland Firth, the AIM listed sustainable and renewable energy developer and operating company (AIM: SAE), announces the appointment of Graham Reid as the new Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Atlantis effective 18th January 2021.  Tim Cornelius has agreed to take up a new role as a Senior Adviser to the Group and will consequently resign his position as Chief Executive Officer, effective the same date.  
17/1/2021
Mandatory Covid-19 Testing Introduced To Bolster Border MeasuresThumbnail for article : Mandatory Covid-19 Testing Introduced To Bolster Border Measures
International arrivals required to prove negative COVID-19 test result before departure for England.   all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing.  
17/1/2021
Supporting Performing Arts - Eden Court Is One Of Three Major AwardsThumbnail for article : Supporting Performing Arts - Eden Court Is One Of Three Major Awards
Three charitable arts organisations will receive a share of £3 million of additional funding as part of the ongoing emergency coronavirus (COVID-19) support for culture.   Aberdeen Performing Arts - which runs His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Music Hall and The Lemon Tree - will receive £1.4 million.  
17/1/2021
Social Care In England To Receive £269 Million To Boost Staff Levels And Testing
Funding to protect and support staff and residents in England in care homes and those receiving help in their own homes.   The impact of the new variant is being felt across the country, with staff absence rates rising sharply both in care homes and among home care staff, due to testing positive or having to self-isolate.  
16/1/2021
Regulator Appoints Manager To Charity Wick Academy Development Fund As Part Of Decade-long Inquiry
The Scottish regulator has appointed a manager to take over a charity as part of a decade-long inquiry to ensure its trustees do not part with its property without consent.   The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator opened an inquiry into Wick Academy Development Fund in September 2010 after concerns were raised about its public benefit, and a failure to make use of its accumulated funds.  
16/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 16 January 2021
1,753 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   24,314 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 8.4% of these were positive.  
Mark Rouse appointed as Managing Director of DounreayThumbnail for article : Mark Rouse appointed as Managing Director of Dounreay
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) has announced the appointment of Mark Rouse as its Managing Director.   Mark took up the position of Managing Director in March 2020 but will now move from the current parent body organisation to Dounreay Site Restoration Limited to continue leading the business when it becomes an NDA subsidiary on 1 April 2021.  
16/1/2021
24 People Arrested For Drink Driving And 27 Arrested For Drug Driving In Highland
Police in the Highland and Islands are re-enforcing a strong road safety message after the recent festive drink and drug drive campaign which saw 24 people arrested for drink driving and 27 arrested for drug driving across the divisional area.   Inspector Donnie Mackinnon from the Road Policing Division based in Dingwall said: "It is extremely disappointing to see that there continues to be a number of people who knowingly take risks and place themselves, and others in danger.  
16/1/2021
If You Intend To Travel Abroad Check Your Health Insurance Following BrexitThumbnail for article : If You Intend To Travel Abroad Check Your Health Insurance Following Brexit
Before you travel, make sure you've got a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or travel insurance with health cover You may not have access to free emergency medical treatment and could be charged for your healthcare if you do not have an EHIC or GHIC when visiting an EU country, or travel insurance when visiting Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.   If you have an EHIC it will still be valid while it remains in date.  
16/1/2021
Travel Corridors Suspended - 10 Day Quarantine For Anyone Arriving In Scotland
Following identification of a new variant of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Brazil, the Scottish Government will impose additional restrictions on arrivals.   From 04:00 on Monday, all country exemptions from self-isolation after international travel will be suspended.