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Expanding Early Learning and Childcare
The trial expansion of early learning and childcare in 6 centres in Highland was welcomed by Members of Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee today (30 May 2018).   The aim of the expansion is to provide high quality, flexible early learning and childcare that is accessible and affordable for families.  
Non-domestic Rates Revaluation Appeals Statistics, Scotland 2017-18, Quarter 4
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.   Scotland's Chief Statistician today published the above statistics on the progress and results of revaluation appeals following the 2010 and 2017 Revaluations, as at 31 March 2018.  
Sustaining Education in Highland Communities
The work of Highland Council's Care and Learning Service to provide sustainable quality education in Highland communities was further endorsed today by members of the Council’s Care, Learning and Housing Committee.   Members gave their approval to the reframing of the previous "Management in Schools Programme" to an updated and revised “Sustainable Education in Highlands” programme.  
Measures To Improve NHS Performance
A package of measures, including £50 million extra funding, is to be made available to health boards this year to reduce long waits for treatment.   Health Boards will receive an initial share of £25 million to target a number of specialities, including neurology, orthopaedics and diagnostics, to help deliver swift treatment.  
More Research Required For Rent Pressure Zone Application As Rents In Highland Soar
In order for Highland Council to consider applying to Scottish Government for a ‘rent pressure zone' designation in the region; more research and local dialogue is required - councillors were informed today (30 May 2018) at Care, Learning and Housing Committee.   Highland Councillors were updated on the implications of Section 35 of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 which enables local authorities to apply to Scottish Ministers to ask that all or part of their authority's area be designated as a rent pressure zone.  
Teaching provision and development in the Highlands and Islands recognised by universityThumbnail for article : Teaching provision and development in the Highlands and Islands recognised by university
A leading educationalist, researcher and former teacher has been awarded the title of professor by the University of the Highlands and Islands.   Professor Morag Redford, from Coupar Angus, Perthshire, has been awarded the personal chair (professorship) in recognition of her achievements and potential in leading the provision and development of teacher education across the Highlands and Islands.  
Exceptional Leader Sought For Police Scotland
A recruitment campaign seeking a new Chief Constable to lead the second largest police service in the UK has been launched today, Tuesday 29 May 2018.   The Scottish Police Authority is advertising for an outstanding and accomplished police leader to drive improvement and ensure Police Scotland adapts to meet the needs of Scotland's diverse communities in a rapidly changing world.  
Highland Beaches Meet Strict Environmental Water Quality StandardsThumbnail for article : Highland Beaches Meet Strict Environmental Water Quality Standards
The Highland Council welcomes the findings published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) that 16 beaches designated for bathing across the Highlands and Islands have met strict environmental standards for water quality.   The results for designated bathing beaches across the Highlands and Islands show 8 classed as excellent, 4 good and 4 falling into the sufficient category.  
Dounreay Welcomes Suppliers For Day Of CollaborationThumbnail for article : Dounreay Welcomes Suppliers For Day Of Collaboration
More than 200 people packed into the Weigh Inn hotel in Thurso this week as Dounreay Site Restoration Limited and supply chain partners shared plans and ideas about the decommissioning of the site.   Leading nuclear firms mixed with numerous small and medium sized enterprises for the event which was attended by those who either support the site through existing framework contracts or have registered for the innovative ‘LINC with Dounreay' scheme.  
Proposals Launched For New Offshore Wind In Scotland's SeasThumbnail for article : Proposals Launched For New Offshore Wind In Scotland's Seas
Crown Estate Scotland has unveiled proposals to lease seabed to encourage a new generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland's waters.   The paper, published thisweek, outlines the draft process and asks those interested to feed back to help shape the final approach.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks Commencing 7th - 21st May 2018 Energy & business services: As the first towers for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm arrive in Nigg this week, Crown Estate Scotland has begun looking ahead to the next generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland.  The Moray Firth has been a real focal point for offshore wind in Scotland, with the Beatrice project set to enter its operation and maintenance phase in 2019 and the Moray Offshore project currently moving towards financial close during 2018.  
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 25 May 2018
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 25th) sold 124 store cattle, 17 OTM cattle, 12 adult head of breeding cattle, and 670 sheep.   Bullocks (29) averaged 255.6p and sold to 300.0p per kilo for a pair of 260kg Charolais crosses from Moy Farm, Banavie, and £1,010 gross a 390kg Limousin cross from Balmaglaster, Spean Bridge, (Cameron).  
Homebase Sold For £1Thumbnail for article : Homebase Sold For £1
Struggling hardware chain Homebase has been sold to retail turnaround specialist Hilco Capital for the nominal sum of £1.   Homebase was put up for sale by its Australian owner earlier this year, just two years after completing a £340m takeover.  
Fishing vessels and processing businesses to benefit from £6.9 million funding
More than £6.9 million will be invested in projects to help fishing fleets land and sell their catch and support jobs in coastal communities.   The sixth round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will award grants to 107 projects across Scotland.  
Scotland's Devolved Employment Services
Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland, 2017/18.   An Experimental Statistics Publication for Scotland.  
Highland Council Budget Leader warns of even tougher decisions to come
Speaking at Highland Council's Corporate Resources Committee today (24 May 2018), Budget Leader Cllr Alister Mackinnon said that the Council's reported overspend showed the extent to which successive budget reductions and council tax freezes meant the authority had no wriggle room to manage significant pressures in demand-led services like supporting children with additional support needs.  He said:"We have done everything we can to protect front line services and particularly services to children and young people.  
Non-British Population Of Scotland Continues To IncreaseThumbnail for article : Non-British Population Of Scotland Continues To Increase
In 2017, the number of non-British nationals living in Scotland rose by 12% to 378,000, according to statistics published today by National Records of Scotland (NRS).   The number of EU nationals increased by 26,000 to 235,000 in this time, with the number of non-EU nationals increasing by 14,000 to 142,000.  
Brexit Impact On Food And Drink
Roundtable to discuss effect on sector.   Brexit could "significantly impact" the cost and quality of the food and drink consumed in Scotland, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe Michael Russell warned ahead of a meeting with industry representatives.  
Report Highlights Career Opportunities In Aquaculture
A new report has called for more promotion of Scotland's aquaculture sector and supply chain as a rewarding long-term career choice, particularly for young people and for women.   The ‘Skills review for the Aquaculture Sector in Scotland' was commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on behalf of the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group (AILG), and in collaboration with Skills Development Scotland.  
Legislation To Support Workload Planning For Health And Care Services
Scotland's health boards and care providers will be required to have suitable staffing in place to enable all patients to receive safe, high quality care under new legislation published today (24 May 2018).   The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill will place a legal requirement on NHS boards and care services to ensure appropriate numbers of suitably trained staff are in place, irrespective of where care is received.