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Key Worker Hubs Set Up By Highland Council
The Council has been working at pace to set up centres for the children of key workers.  Anyone who has applied for a place at one of the key worker hubs in the Highland Council area will be contacted by the end of today (Wednesday 25th) with confirmation of the arrangements that have been put in place.  
Highland Council helpline now up and running from 2.00pm Today
THE HELPLINE GOES LIVE TODAY FROM 2:00pm ONWARDS.   The Highland Council has launched a free helpline to give assistance and to collect details of individuals and community groups looking to provide volunteering support during Covid19.  
Urgent Announcement - Council Responds To Government Lockdown - School Meals Cancelled From Tuesday 24 March
In light of the UK and Scottish Government's decision tonight to begin a three-week lockdown in order to delay the spread of the Coronavirus, the Highland Council has taken the decision to cancel the provision of school meals tomorrow Tuesday 24th March.  The current format of provision would involve staff and children gathering at school premises and this would go against national advice and directives.  
New online support service for Highland Council staff is available now
The Highland Council is offering its 9,500 staff and their family members, a new, free and confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) service.   The local authority has partnered up with an organisation called Spectrum.Life to provide staff with free mental wellbeing support, fitness plans, legal assistance, financial advice, and eLearning content related to a variety of wellbeing topics.  
Highland Council New Helplines to be launched tomorrow
The Highland Council is preparing to launch dedicated Freephone helplines from tomorrow.   One will focus on providing advice and support for people who want to know how they can volunteer and for anyone needing assistance and help.  
Highland Council Help For Hospitality And Tourism Workers Affected By Covid19 Crisis
The Highland Council is urging those from the hospitality and tourism sector who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus crisis to get in touch for support.   The Highlands has a large seasonal workforce, many living in ties accommodation provided by their employer.  
Highland Council Universal Credit Claimants Urged To Act Ahead Of Annual Rent Increase
Highland Council tenants claiming Universal Credit are being urged to look out for messages from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).   The messages, due to start being sent to claimants from the 6th April 2020 will remind people to log on to their online journal and complete a to-do ‘Report any changes to your housing costs' to ensure their entitlement covers their annual rent increase for the year ahead.  
Highland Council Trading Standards launches webpage on COVID-19 Scams
It has become apparent that in the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, individuals and organised groups of criminals are now operating to attack the economy and wealth.   Highland Council Trading Standards have today launched a webpage on the Highland Council website aimed at both consumers and businesses to identify the scams known to Trading Standards and our partners.  
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In the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Highland Council Trading Standards are issuing a warning to the public about a series of new scams related to the virus.   One is an email claiming to be from the government, offering a tax rebate to support people through this challenging period.  
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The First Minster has just made an announcement closing schools after Friday this week.   Donna Manson, Chief Executive of The Highland Council said:"Highland Council will need time to assess the impact of this announcement on our workforce, and our communities as well as on the provision of support for our young people.  
Newsflash - All Schools In Scotland To Close By End Of This Week
First Minister Announced today that all schools in Scotland will close by Friday this week.   More details will be posted as we get them..  
Highlife Highland To Close All Archive Centres, Libraries, Leisure Centres, Museums And Swimming PoolsThumbnail for article : Highlife Highland To Close All Archive Centres, Libraries, Leisure Centres, Museums And Swimming Pools
HIGH LIFE HIGHLAND FOCUSING ON SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES.   High Life Highland today confirmed that the Charity has reached the difficult decision to close all archive centres, libraries, leisure centres, museums and swimming pools across the Highlands in line with both Scottish Government and UK Government's advice to minimise social contact.  
Resilience Partners are working together across the Highlands and Islands
At today's meeting of the Highlands and Islands Local Resilience Partnership (HILRP) (Coronavirus/COVID-19,) members reviewed the emerging guidance from the Scottish Government on self and household isolation and the imminent closure of schools and nurseries which will impact on the staffing levels of all organisations and their capacity to carry out even core activities.   Resilience Partnership members are currently exploring how staff can be redeployed from business as usual, as part of the response to limiting the spread of the virus, into other areas where staffing is proving challenging.  
Highland Council focuses on delivering statutory services
The Highland Council is planning for greatly increased staff absence levels over the coming days and weeks.  National modelling estimates that councils will see absences of at least 50% over the months ahead.  
Highland Council Postpones Meetings
The Highland Council has taken the decision to postpone all committee meetings and Member workshops due to take place in March and April.   Convener of The Highland Council Bill Lobban said: "The decision has been taken in response to the Prime Minister and First Minister's announcements on Monday afternoon, and the guidelines that have been issued thereafter.  
Letter To Parents Of School Children In Highland From Chief Executive Donna Manson
Dear Parent / Carer As you know, we are in a complex situation with regard to schools and the Coronavirus.  I fully understand your anxiety and concerns.  
Highland Council response to COVID19
The Chief Executive of The Highland Council, Donna Manson has today given assurance that the local authority is working to national advice, and guidance in the response to coronavirus - COVID19.  At a media briefing held in Council headquarters with Dr Boyd Peters, Medical Director for NHS Highland, Mrs Manson said: "On a daily basis it is no longer business as usual in Highland Council.  
Highland Council And Partners Working Closely - Covid19
The Highland Council is working closely with partners in Resilience and following national guidance in relation to the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation.   Chief Executive Donna Manson said: "The situation is rapidly changing and we are planning and preparing for the weeks ahead.  
Change to Household waste recycling centre vehicle restrictions
A decision was agreed at the full Council meeting of The Highland Council on 12th March 2020 to make a minor amendment to the newly introduced Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) vehicle restrictions policy.   The vehicle restrictions which were introduced at the beginning of February 2020 will be amended with immediate effect to allow householders with oversize trailers access to HWRC to dispose of their household garden waste, electrical appliances and furniture only.  
Highland Council announces a revised Trades Framework and tender exercise process
Highland Council has listened to concerns raised by members and bidders over the process of the Trades Services Framework and tender exercise.   After a stand-still period which ended on 9 March 2020 and further discussion, Highland Council has announced the termination of the original framework and tender process.