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20/3/2021
Avian Influenza: Housing measures set to be lifted on 31 March
Biosecurity measures remain in force in Scotland, England and Wales to protect flocks from avian influenza.   Compulsory housing measures for poultry and captive birds are set to be lifted at the end of this month, the Chief Veterinary Officers from Scotland, England and Wales announced on Friday 19th March 2021 The housing measures, which were introduced across Great Britain in December as one of a range of measures to stop the spread of avian influenza, have been a vital tool in protecting flocks across the country from the disease which is circulating in wild birds.  
20/3/2021
Scotland's Whisky Distilleries Ready To Go GreenThumbnail for article : Scotland's Whisky Distilleries Ready To Go Green
Almost £9m UK Government funding is available to help whisky distilleries go green, reduce carbon emissions and support sustainable jobs.   Nearly £9 million UK Government funding to help Scotland's world-famous whisky distilleries get into the spirit of going green, cutting emissions and supporting green jobs.[b/] [b]Funding will enable distilleries to cut carbon emissions by half a million tonnes every year - equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions of Stirling.  
20/3/2021
Additional £2.6m Award For Highlands & Islands TourismThumbnail for article : Additional £2.6m Award For Highlands & Islands Tourism
Four projects in the Highlands and Islands will share a £2.6 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) award to promote the outstanding scenery, wildlife and culture of the Highlands and Islands, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, announced today.   The funding has been awarded through the Natural Cultural and Heritage Fund, led by NatureScot.  
20/3/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19 daily data for Scotland - 20 March 2021
488 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   19,947 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 2.7% of these were positive 8 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive.  
20/3/2021
Supporting Rural Tourism: Preparing For Increased Visitor Numbers This SummerThumbnail for article : Supporting Rural Tourism: Preparing For Increased Visitor Numbers This Summer
More seasonal rangers, temporary toilets, car parking and campervan facilities will help rural areas to welcome back visitors when coronavirus restrictions are eased.   More seasonal rangers, temporary toilets, car parking and campervan facilities will help rural areas to welcome back visitors when coronavirus restrictions are eased.  
20/3/2021
Peatland Restoration Fund Tackles Global Climate Crisis - £22million Fund OpenThumbnail for article : Peatland Restoration Fund Tackles Global Climate Crisis - £22million Fund Open
Single year and multi-year projects now eligible to apply to a £22 million peatland restoration programme.   Farmers, landowners and land managers across Scotland can now access a £22 million fund to undertake peatland restoration projects.  
20/3/2021
Alarming Rise Of Abuse Within Modern Slavery System
Major increases in child rapists, people who threaten national security and failed asylum seekers clogging up modern slavery system.   Child rapists, people who pose a threat to our national security, serious criminals and failed asylum seekers will find it harder to take advantage of modern slavery safeguards under changes to be announced this week.  
20/3/2021
Foreign Travel Rules Updated - More Countries Designated As High Risk
Ministers have agreed, on the basis of advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre, to place additional restrictions on travellers arriving in Scotland from Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar and Somalia.   All passengers travelling to Scotland will be required to enter managed quarantine if they have been in one of these countries in the 10 days before arrival, including people travelling on from elsewhere in the UK or in Ireland.  
19/3/2021
NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital To Close
Hospital has carried out 32,000 healthcare appointments and vaccinated over 170,000 people.   The hospital set up to support Scotland's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is to close on 31 March, with the mass vaccination centre relocating to The SSE Hydro.  
Consolidation Of Spent Fuel And Nuclear Materials - Dounreay And Other SitesThumbnail for article : Consolidation Of Spent Fuel And Nuclear Materials - Dounreay And Other Sites
Statement issue18 March 2021 by NDA, Dounreay and Sellafield.   In 2013 we concluded the development of our strategy to remove unirradiated nuclear material from Dounreay and consolidate it at Sellafield.  
19/3/2021
The Future Of Crofting Plan - Rhoda Grant Msp Says It Fails To DeliverThumbnail for article : The Future Of Crofting Plan - Rhoda Grant Msp Says It Fails To Deliver
CROFTING PLAN "FAILS TO DELIVER" - say Rhoda Grant MSP.   The Scottish Government have published their long-awaited National Development Plan for Crofting today.  
19/3/2021
Additional £10 Million For Modernising Police FleetThumbnail for article : Additional £10 Million For Modernising Police Fleet
The Scottish Police Authority will receive an additional £10 million to invest in modernisation of the police fleet.   The funding will enable the purchase of around 235 new ultra-low emission vehicles by Police Scotland allowing them to move faster on plans to decarbonise the fleet and towards the vision of having the UK's first ultra-low emission blue light fleet by 2030.  
19/3/2021
Supporting Gypsy And Traveller Communities
Up to £20 million will be invested to provide more and better accommodation for Gypsy/Traveller communities.   This funding, part of Scotland's first long-term national housing strategy, will enable local authorities to improve existing sites and expand provision over the next five years.  
19/3/2021
Supporting Rural Tourism - Preparing For Increased Visitor Numbers This Summer
More seasonal rangers, temporary toilets, car parking and campervan facilities will help rural areas to welcome back visitors when coronavirus restrictions are eased.   The work - supported by £2.75 million to be administered through the NatureScot Better Places Fund – comes after countryside hotspots saw a marked increase in tourists last year, resulting in issues such as a lack of services, littering and antisocial behaviour.  
19/3/2021
Parties At War In Scotland Over Health Workers Bonus Being Taxed
The Scottish Government must follow the Welsh Government's example and ensure that NHS workers who receive the £500 bonus get the full amount.  The call comes as the Labour-led Welsh Government announced their payment would total £735 per person, leaving a full bonus of around £500 after deductions.  
19/3/2021
Funding Allocations For Drug Services
Women, families and children are among those who will benefit from separate funds worth a total of £18 million to improve drugs services.   Four schemes are planned for May with the funds coming from the additional £250 million announced by the First Minister to tackle the drug deaths emergency over the next five years.  
19/3/2021
Green Port Bidding Process
Trade Minister Ivan McKee has urged the UK Government to provide clarity over the future of green ports in Scotland.   The green port model adapts the UK Government's freeport proposals, offering a package of tax and customs reliefs.  
19/3/2021
Integrating New Scots - £2.8 Million For Refugee Projects
Work to help refugees settle in Scotland will benefit from £2.8 million of funding.   The New Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project will offer small, medium or large grants to organisations to either widen existing work, or start new initiatives which assist those who have had to flee their own country to escape war and terror.  
19/3/2021
Unanimous Support From Caithness Councillors For Prototype Fusion Reactor OpportunityThumbnail for article : Unanimous Support From Caithness Councillors For Prototype Fusion Reactor Opportunity
Cllr Nicola Sinclair, Chair, Caithness Area Committee has written a letter on behalf of all of the Caithness councillors in support of the possible siting of a fusion Reactor at Dounreay.   As Chair of Caithness Area Committee, I am writing on behalf of all eight Caithness councillors to state our unanimous, cross-party support for the bid to site the STEP Prototype Fusion Reactor in Caithness and North Sutherland.  
19/3/2021
National Partnership To Tackle Scams
A new national partnership will be established to tackle the significant on-going threat of scams, amid concerns of a rise in this criminal activity among fraudsters during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   The creation of the Scottish Scams Prevention Partnership is at the heart of the Scams Prevention, Awareness & Enforcement Strategy.