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25/3/2019
Highland Universal Credit claimants urged to act ahead of annual rent increaseThumbnail for article : Highland Universal Credit claimants urged to act ahead of annual rent increase
Highland tenants claiming Universal Credit are being urged to log on and update their UC claim this April 1st to ensure their entitlement covers their annual rent increase for the year ahead.  Those who fail to do so will face a shortfall in their housing entitlement, putting them at risk of arrears.  
18/3/2019
Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan reviewThumbnail for article : Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan review
The Highland Council is raising awareness of the opportunity to help shape future growth and development across the Inner Moray Firth area, and is encouraging anyone living, working, investing and being educated in the area to get involved.   The Council has announced its intention to review the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan.  
14/3/2019
Equality mainstreamed in Highland - Council, Education and LicensingThumbnail for article : Equality mainstreamed in Highland - Council, Education and Licensing
A report that aims to demonstrate the continuing commitments of Highland Council, it's Education Authority and Highland Licensing Board, to advance and mainstream equality into day-to-day work was approved today by Councillors on the Care, Learning and Housing Committee.   Local Authorities, Education Authorities and Licensing Boards are required by legislation to publish a report every 2 years on how they mainstream equality into their work.  
12/3/2019
Highland Council to consult on Common Good Asset List
The Highland Council is today (12 March 2019) launching a 12 week consultation giving the community until 5 June 2019 to comment on the proposed contents of the Common Good Fund Asset Register.   Section 102 Community Empowerment (Scotland) 2015 states that before establishing a Common Good Asset Register the Council must first conduct a public consultation on a list of property (buildings, land, artwork, regalia and funds) it is proposing to include.  
11/3/2019
Finding out how to foster and adopt made easier in HighlandThumbnail for article : Finding out how to foster and adopt made easier in Highland
People living in The Highland Council area can now find out how to foster and adopt in the comfort of their own homes.   Alison Gordon, Highland Council's Fostering and Adoption Resource Manager explained: "We have created this website to try to make it easier for anyone living in the Highlands who is considering fostering or adoption and we have tried to make the process of applying easier.  
7/3/2019
Caithness Horizons Position - Paper To Highland Council Meeting 7th March 2019Thumbnail for article : Caithness Horizons Position - Paper To Highland Council Meeting 7th March 2019
The report presented to Highland council gives background leading up to the closure of Caithness Horizon in Thurso.   Talks are ongoing regarding the future of the museum.  
7/3/2019
Nuclear-free Highlands - Motion Debated At Highland Council Today 7th MarchThumbnail for article : Nuclear-free Highlands - Motion Debated At Highland Council Today 7th March
The motion was proposed at Highland council today 7th March 2019.   It was emotively opposed by Caithness councillors.  
7/3/2019
Highland Council Redesign: Service Income ReviewThumbnail for article : Highland Council Redesign: Service Income Review
As part of The Highland Council's Redesign Programme, a comprehensive review of Service Income was undertaken by Deloitte and The Highland Council.  The Highland Council received no charge following agreement with Deloitte that this would be very useful work experience for their Assistant Manager.  
7/3/2019
Motion to Highland council on UK government proposals on immigrationThumbnail for article : Motion to Highland council on UK  government proposals on immigration
Motion to Highland council from the leader of the council Margaret Davidson on 7th March 2019 "The Council expresses concern over the proposals set out in the UK Government's White Paper on immigration, particularly that there will be no regional variation and that the salary threshold for skilled workers will remain at £30,000.  This will have a significant detrimental impact on the Highlands.  
7/3/2019
Highland Council preparations for EU exit
Paper discussed at Highland council today 7 March 2018.   The debate will be available for viewing later at https://highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/374561 HIGHLAND COUNCIL Date: 7th March 2019 Report Title: Council preparations for EU exit Report By: The Chief Executive 1.  
7/3/2019
Highland Council demonstrates improving performanceThumbnail for article : Highland Council demonstrates improving performance
Overall the Council's key performance indicators (KPIs) for 2017-18 are performing well with 81% (22) either improving or being maintained.   The principles that underpin the Council's values include that the Council will be fair, open and accountable.  
7/3/2019
A Connected Highland - Council Agrees 22 strategic improvement prioritiesThumbnail for article : A Connected Highland - Council Agrees 22 strategic improvement priorities
Council has agreed 22 strategic improvement priorities and a Highland Improving Performance Programme for the Council which aims to make the connections across services and communities and drive the improvement.   The proposed strategic improvement priorities are identified from the Council's knowledge of where performance needs to improve and where the Council has already set ambition for improvement.  
7/3/2019
Council Programme and Corporate Plan approvedThumbnail for article : Council Programme and Corporate Plan approved
The Council's Programme "Local Voices: Highland Choices" was approved at today's Council meeting 7th March 2019, along with a Corporate Plan which provides the measures and actions required to deliver and monitor the Programme.   The Corporate Plan also underpins the priorities set out in the Council's budget strategy and change programme "A Sustainable Highland" which was approved by Council in February 2019.  
6/3/2019
High Life Highland Chief Executive Announces RetirementThumbnail for article : High Life Highland Chief Executive Announces Retirement
High Life Highland's Chief Executive has announced that it is his intention to retire from the charity's top job in the summer.   Ian Murray has been at the helm of one of the Highlands' largest charities since its inception in October 2011 when High Life Highland was created by The Highland Council to deliver and develop the local authority’s culture, learning, sport, leisure and health and wellbeing services.  
3/3/2019
UNISON welcomes agreed pay deal for council workersThumbnail for article : UNISON welcomes agreed pay deal for council  workers
UNISON, the largest union in local government, welcomed the pay deal for local government workers agreed with COSLA today.   UNISON members had voted overwhelmingly to accept the offer in January and have been waiting on the outcome of the other local government trade unions to conclude their member consultations.  
1/3/2019
2019/2020 Council Tax In Highland Rates and ReductionsThumbnail for article : 2019/2020 Council Tax In Highland Rates and Reductions
At the meeting of The Highland Council on 14 February 2019 it was agreed to increase Council Tax by 3% from 1 April 2019.  Council Tax bills for 2019/2020 will be issued over the coming weeks.  
27/2/2019
Highland Council Budget To Be Brought On Track For Year End BalanceThumbnail for article : Highland Council Budget To Be Brought On Track For Year End Balance
Despite an increase in the reported in-year overspend of £5.5M at the end of the third quarter, the Council is committed to bringing the budget back on track to be in a balanced position by year end.   Additional measures to address the projected overspend began back in November, with vacancy controls, restricting non-essential expenditure, stopping non-essential travel and utilising (previously) earmarked balances.  
25/2/2019
Inverness City Roads Temporarily Closed For March Half MarathonThumbnail for article : Inverness City Roads Temporarily Closed For March Half Marathon
The 2019 Inverness Half Marathon and 5K events take place on Sunday 10 March and the Council is advising drivers that temporary traffic restrictions will be in place in and around the city during the event.   The following routes will be affected: Bught Avenue closed between its con-junction with Bught Drive and its junction with Bught Road, from 12:00 hours to 15:30 hours on Sunday 10 March 2019.  
22/2/2019
Brexit Drop-in Sessions - To Find Out About Your Citizen StatusThumbnail for article : Brexit Drop-in Sessions - To Find Out About Your Citizen Status
Questions about Brexit? Citizens' rights and settled status? Drop in and talk to the Europe Direct Information Centre team who will be available to answer your questions and offer guidance on where to find reliable, up to date information.   Sessions in Thurso and Wick..  
21/2/2019
Thinking of a career in Primary or Secondary teaching?Thumbnail for article : Thinking of a career in Primary or Secondary teaching?
Anyone thinking of a career change and becoming a Primary or Secondary school teacher is being invited by The Highland Council to an information session to find out how they might become one of the next generation of teachers in Highland.   The information event takes place on Saturday 9th March 2019, at Doorways, Central Primary School, Kenneth Street, Inverness, IV3 5DW from 11am - 1pm.