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HIE A' Cur Fàilte Air Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig Ùr - HIE Welcomes Launch Of New National Gaelic Language Plan
HIE a' cur fàilte air Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig ùr Tha Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean (HIE) a’ cur fàilte air am Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig ùr 2018-23 a chaidh fhoillseachadh aig Pàrlamaid na h-Alba an-dè (Diciadain 28 Màrt).   Share Tha am Plana a’ sealltainn mar a thèid fàs a thoirt air a’ Ghàidhlig aig ìre nas luaithe ann an Alba.  
Easter - Have You Finally Checked Out Joining A Credit Union?Thumbnail for article : Easter - Have You Finally Checked Out Joining A Credit Union?
What? You thought about but never got round to it.   Now the Hi-Scot Credit Union have made it easier than in the past.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 26th March 2018 Energy & Business services: As progress continues with the onshore and offshore construction of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm, news comes this week that the other offshore wind development in the Moray Firth has seen a change to its consortium of ownership.  A 33.4% stake in the Moray East project has been taken by Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, bringing them on board with existing shareholders EDPR and Engie.  
Publicly-owned And Ethical: 'transformative' Scottish National Investment Bank Moves Ahead
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT will proceed with the establishment of a Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB), which will be operating "in shadow form" by 2019, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.   Sturgeon confirmed the Scottish Government's commitment to the SNIB, first announced at the SNP's autumn conference in 2017, at the offices of Morton Fraser law firm in Edinburgh, following the official publication of an implementation plan for the SNIB by Tesco Bank CEO Benny Higgins and his advisory group.  
Best Starts Grant To Replace Sure Start Maternity Grant
Families of young children may be entitled to extra financial support, under Scottish Government plans.   Worth up to a total of £1100, Best Start Grant will be one of 11 benefits to be paid as part of the new Scottish social security system.  
£200 Million Repaid Through Debt Arrangement Scheme
Over £200 million of debt has been repaid since the reform of the Debt Arrangement Scheme in 2011, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse has announced.   More than 6,000 people have now completed a debt payment plan through the scheme.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 27 March 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 27th) sold 8 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (2) averaged 221.2p (+2.5p) and sold to 227.0p per kg and £1,360.80 gross.  
Social Security Progress in Scotland
Scotland's public services watchdog has said ‘good early progress’ has been made in setting up the country’s new social security service.   Audit Scotland’s report highlights that establishment of the new agency - Social Security Scotland – and delivery of the first benefits are on track.  
Highlands And Islands Food And Drink Awards 2018 Launch
The Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards 2018 are calling for entries from businesses across the region.   The award's fifteen categories will be open for nominations and entries until the 15th June.  
Business Hub Launched For Life Sciences Firms
A new facility that provides workspace and collaboration opportunities for life sciences businesses across the Highland Council area was launched in Inverness on Tuesday 27 March 2018.   The NEXUS project is part of the Northern Innovation Hub, led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) with funding from the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal.  
Public Feeling Safer After Fall In Crime
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has welcomed National Statistics confirming that crime in Scotland has fallen by around a third in just under a decade while more people than ever feel safe in their neighbourhood.   The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2016-17, based on interviews with almost 5,600 adults about their experience of crime, whether or not reported to police, estimates there were around 712,000 crimes - 32% fewer than in 2008-09 - while property crime is down 34% and violence down 27% over the same period.  
Children's Social Work Statistics 2016-17
Two per cent of children in Scotland were being looked after by local authorities or on the child protection register on July 31 2017, according to the latest Children's Social Work Statistics published today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.   The statistics which include information on children who were looked after, on the child protection register, or in secure care accommodation show that: 14,897 children were looked after in 2017, a decrease of three per cent from 2016, and the fifth consecutive year of decline Foster care remains the most common accommodation for looked after children, accounting for over a third of looked after children (36%), whereas residential care accounts for 10% of looked after children.  
Fairer And Integrated Employability
Up to £96 million for unemployment support.   Scotland's first fully devolved employment service will start delivering flexible and tailored support from Tuesday 3 April 2018.  
Cluttered Policy Landscape' Risks Diluting Delivery Of Scottish Government's Economic StrategyThumbnail for article : Cluttered Policy Landscape' Risks Diluting Delivery Of Scottish Government's Economic Strategy
Brexit remains biggest challenge on the horizon The Scottish Government's focus on following a single, unified approach to the economy risks being blurred by a proliferation of strategies, advisory groups and discussion forums, warns the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI).   In our latest Economic Commentary, supported by Deloitte we caution that a cluttered policy landscape can lead to confusion, a lack of alignment, duplication and weakened accountability.  
Dounreay and Socio-EconomicsThumbnail for article : Dounreay and Socio-Economics
Dounreay has been decommissioning for some years and that will continue Part of the process has been getting involved in soci-economics to prepare the area for the day when the workforce will be minimal.   Funding has and is being made available in a number of strategies detaisl for which are available on the web site.  
No Action On Number Of Taxis And Private Hire Cars In Highland
The Highland Licensing Committee agreed on 27 March 2018 to take no action towards introducing restrictions on the number of taxis and private hire cars (PHC) licensed to operate in Highland or any particular part of the Highland area.  This follows consideration of a specialist and independent legal opinion commissioned to seek clarification of the Council's powers in this regard.  
University Announces Key Research Appointment For Research And ImpactThumbnail for article : University Announces Key Research Appointment For Research And Impact
University announces key research appointment The University of the Highlands and Islands has appointed Professor Neil Simco as its Vice-Principal for Research and Impact.  Professor Simco will be responsible for leading and overseeing the university's research activity in the role.  
Street Traders licence condition 8 to be removed
The Highland Licensing Committee has considered a report in relation to street traders licence condition 8 and agreed to remove this condition from its standard licence conditions.   The continued use of the condition was reviewed following a recent court decision which made clear that licensing conditions must serve a licensing purpose namely preserving public order or public safety.  
Caithness Landlords - Note Older Listings Removed
Every now and then we need to clear out ads that are older and have been on the site for sometime.   Some are no longer required but we have no way of knowing so we merely reduce the list from the back end.  
Gender Pay Gap Reporting For Large Employers - DeadlinesThumbnail for article : Gender Pay Gap Reporting For Large Employers - Deadlines
If you are an employer with 250 employees or more, new legislation means you will need to publish your annual gender pay data.  The deadline is 30 March 2018 for public sector employers and 4 April 2018for private and voluntary sector employers.