The stakeholder toolkit has been updated. It is designed for all public, third sector and charitable organisations who are involved in the delivery of, or providing advice on, the new social security benefits which are being devolved to the Scottish Government under the Scotland Act 2016.
Peatlands occupy around 12% of the UK land area. This dramatic landscape provides over a quarter of the UK's drinking water and stores a significant amount of carbon making it an important habitat for providing both provisioning and regulating ecosystem services in the UK.
Major milestone met on Moray East Offshore Windfarm project. High voltage equipment containers for the offshore substation platforms to be sailed out from Thurso fabrication yard.
In its latest report, the Committee on Exiting the EU warns that a ‘no deal' Brexit would lead to severe disruption, pose a fundamental risk to the competitiveness of key sectors of the UK's economy and put many jobs and livelihoods at risk. It would represent a sudden rupture for the closely entwined economies of the UK and the EU 27.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC EXHIBITION FOR PROPOSED WINDFARM DEVELOPMENT FORSS BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY PARK. Abbey Properties and Abbey Ecosse are exploring the potential for a wind farm of up to 5 turbines as an extension to the existing 6 turbines at the Forss Business & Technology Park approximately 7km west of Scrabster on the north coast of Caithness.
Scottish economy remains resilient, but Brexit uncertainty continues to erode long-term growth prospects: Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary. Risks from new Fiscal Framework likely to hit Scottish Budget in years ahead.
The Scottish Government will need to manage volatility in its Budget as the devolution of tax and spending powers becomes fully operational, according to the Scottish Fiscal Commission. From next year the UK Treasury's funding of the Scottish Budget will begin to be adjusted to reflect actual income tax collected.
Changes to pension credit rules for 'mixed age couples' mean a large number have to wait many years before they can claim. Jonathan Cribb and Tom Waters at the Institute for Fiscal Studies look a the changes.
The report published this week looks at many of the risk facing the economy as at July 2019. Commissioned by Parliament in 2015, the report identifies and analyses risks to the medium term outlook for the public finances and to long-term fiscal sustainability.
Executive summary Business owners have been the fastest-growing part of the UK labour force since at least 2000. Between 2000-01 and 2015-16, the number of employees grew by 15%, while self-employment (including those operating as a sole trader or as a partner in a partnership) grew by 25% and the number of directors of companies with at most two directors more than doubled.
Following the global financial crisis, overall current account surpluses and deficits fell sharply from about 6 percent of global GDP in 2007 to about 3.5 percent in 2013. Since then, as shown in our new External Sector Report, global current account imbalances have declined only slightly to 3 percent of world GDP in 2018, while rotating toward advanced economies and away from emerging economies, including China whose current account is now broadly in line with fundamentals.
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has committed over £70k to six community projects in its latest round of grant awards. CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "This latest investment supports improvements to recreational amenities and events in Caithness & North Sutherland, helping to ensure that people living and visiting our area can enjoy a high standard of leisure activities.
Covering the five weeks 26 May - 29 June 2019. Footfall declined by 2.9% in June, compared to the same point last year when it declined by 0.9%.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (July, 17th) sold 1,505 store cattle at their 16th anniversary show and sale. The Judge, Mr John Brown, Gaindykehead Farm, Airdrie chose his overall champion in the show sponsored by Brodies LLP, HRN Tractors Ltd, Conan Vet & Ian S.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 16th) sold 13 prime cattle. Prime Bullocks (2) averaged 205.0p (+8.0p) and sold to 205.0p per kg and £1,209.50 gross.
An interesting petition currently on the Scottish Government petitions section of the web site. Councils have the power to seize assets to cover the cost of certain things such as care home costs.
This was the NDA's third summit, and the inspirational setting of the new Coleg Menai facilities, on Anglesey in North Wales, perfectly reflected the NDA’s approach to building sustainable post-nuclear communities around its estate. Some £4 million of funding from the NDA’s socio-economic budget has been used to create a state-of-the-art educational facility at the heart of the island.
The Dales Voe decommissioning facility in Shetland is one step closer to becoming a centre of excellence for recycling offshore structures from the North Sea with the arrival of two new installations for decommissioning by strategic partners Veolia and Peterson. The structures from Spirit Energy's ST-1 arrived in the dedicated port facility on 15 July 2019.
Scotland's wind turbines produced enough electricity to power almost double the number of homes in Scotland between January and June 2019. Wind power output at record high during first 6 months of year.
Migration Minister Ben Macpherson has urged the Home Office to work with the Scottish Government and stakeholders on an immigration policy that addresses the particular problems experienced by remote communities - and proposed that Scotland pilot a different approach. In a letter to the Minister of State for Immigration Caroline Nokes ahead of the next four-nations meeting on migration issues, Mr Macpherson has proposed working with the UK Government to take forward recommendations made in the Migration Advisory Committee's recent report on skills shortages.