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Employment, Unemployment And Inactivity For Young People 16-24 Years Scotland
New statistics from the Annual Population Survey have been released which show that 336,000 young people aged 16-24 years were in employment in Scotland in October 2018 to September 2019.  The employment rate for young people was 59.0 per cent, higher than a year ago (57.9 per cent).  
Two Caithness Residents Benefit From First Wind Farm Education And Training FundThumbnail for article : Two Caithness Residents Benefit From First Wind Farm Education And Training Fund
* Bad á Cheò Wind Farm Education & Training Fund created to benefit residents.   * First local beneficiaries to undertake qualifications in Kiltmaking and Accounting.  
Highland Council gives notice that a procurement for Corran Ferry service may be coming
Highland Council will be testing the market by contacting prospective contractors (scheduled to be sent out 6th January 2020) to give notice that a procurement for the Corran ferry service may be coming forward.   A questionnaire will seek the views of suppliers and potential suppliers of ferry services to the Council.  
Highland Council Service Arrangements For Christmas And New Year
The Highland Council notifies its service users and customers of its opening hours and service arrangements over the festive period.   The Highland Council Service Centre will close at 4pm on 24 December 2019.  
North Broadband Delayed Yet Again
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, who has campaigned for a decade for better broadband in the Highlands and Islands has said she is dismayed to hear that the procurement of the R100 contract for the north will be delayed again, causing untold frustration for constituents throughout the region.   The MSP was informed of this by way of a government inspired question from Paul Wheelhouse, the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, who advised that BT plc has been selected as the preferred bidder for the contract covering the north area and the government had intended to finalise governance and sign this contract in coming weeks.  
Maintaining Scotland's Tenements - Changes To Legislation Considered
New measures will be introduced by the Scottish Government to improve and maintain tenement flats across Scotland.   Legislative changes being considered include, compulsory owners' associations, building inspections every five years and a national reserve fund for repairs.  
Support Tidal Stream Energy For A Greener, More Prosperous UK And PlanetThumbnail for article : Support Tidal Stream Energy For A Greener, More Prosperous UK And Planet
To meet the challenge of climate change we must harness the power of our oceans.   A very interesting short film about tidal energy and well worth our support.  
MSPs Embark On Inquiry Into Ferry Procurement
The Scottish Parliament's Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee has launched an inquiry into the ferry procurement and construction process following the collapse and subsequent nationalisation of Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL).   The inquiry will look to identify and address challenges and opportunities in the procurement of new vessels to support Scotland's ferries network, including the impact of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on the future award of new ferry construction contracts.  
Work Place PensionsThumbnail for article : Work Place Pensions
How often do you get comfy on the sofa (like the families on Gogglebox) and talk about how you're planning and saving for your retirement with your family, partner or friends? A short film from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)..  
Plans progress for Low Carbon and Active Travel Hub at Rose Street, Inverness
Highland Council is progressing plans for a Low Carbon and Active Travel Hub project based within Rose Street car park in Inverness.   The hub will include 13 multi-use electric vehicle charging points, 8 additional Tesla charge points and an Active Travel Hub to provide walking and cycling information, cycle hire, a bike workshop and outreach programmes, to build on existing provision within the city.  
This Christmas let's reduce our waste in Highland as much as possible!
The Highland Council is reminding householders and businesses to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible over the festive period to prevent unnecessary waste.   Christmas is often a time of excess waste, particularly when it comes to food.  
Christmas Comes Early For Wick With Town Centre Funding BoostThumbnail for article : Christmas Comes Early For Wick With Town Centre Funding Boost
A FUNDING package worth in excess of £650,000 is in place to help in the regeneration of Wick town centre.   Wick and East Caithness councillors Raymond Bremner and Nicola Sinclair revealed the details at meeting of key stakeholders on Monday night.  
Approval For Referendums Bill At Scottish Government
Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell has described the passing of the Referendums (Scotland) Bill today as an important step forward in allowing Scotland to choose its own future.   The rules approved by MSPs will ensure any future referendum covered by the Bill meet the highest international standards.  
Ne'er Day Petition Launched In The Scottish Parliament - Keep Shops Closed
Ne'er Day petition launched in the Scottish Parliament - Usdaw survey finds 98% call for shops to close.   Shopworkers' trade union Usdaw has today launched a petition on the Scottish Parliament website that calls on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to launch a consultation on implementing legislation already in place to ban most large shops from opening on New Year's Day.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 18 December 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 18th) sold 83 MV accredited pedigree females at its annual show and sale.   The judge, Mrs K.  
Highland Council is ready for winterThumbnail for article : Highland Council is ready for winter
The Highland Council is ready for winter and has been gritting council roads and pavements according to the council's winter maintenance programme.   Trunk roads in Highland are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and their operators Bear Scotland.  
Top 10 Habits Your Co-workers HateThumbnail for article : Top 10 Habits Your Co-workers Hate
Your work environment and the people you work with can make all the difference to how productive you are on a day to day basis.  And as the year draws to a close it's a great time to reflect on what habits and characteristics of behaviour we want to carry into the new year.  
New Year Design Festival to Help Transform High Street in WickThumbnail for article : New Year Design Festival to Help Transform High Street in Wick
Sustrans Scotland, The Highland Council, Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council and Local Councillors are working on an ambitious project to re-design Wick High Street.   On the 15th and 16th of January 2020, the Wick Street Design team will be hosting a Design Festival.  
Troubles With Governance At The Governing Body For Gaelic
Bòrd na Gàidhlig has had a poor report on governance as set out in the annual Audit report published by the Audit Scotland.   Significant improvements required at Bòrd na Gàidhlig The public body for promoting Gaelic must address a range of concerns from a lack of openness to poor relationships and organisational culture.  
Help To Buy A Home
Thousands of first-time buyers assisted.   Applications are open for a new national pilot scheme helping first-time buyers with the deposit for a new home.