Council reminder to communities that the service point network remains closed
30th July 2020
Highland Council is reminding communities the service point network remains closed, in line with COVID 19 guidance.
Anyone who wishes to access Council services can do so online, over the telephone or by email. Although our offices currently remain closed to the public, please be assured that staff are still working and are available to deal with customer enquiries by telephone or email during office hours.
Registration Offices are open to the public for birth registrations and high priority registrations by appointment only and following all current social distancing and hygiene guidance.
The Council is reminding new parents that if they have had a baby during March, April or May and have not yet made arrangements to register the birth of their child it is important that they make contact with their local registration office urgently.
Babies born during June or onwards, can be registered by making an appointment with your contact your local registration office
Please see how to contact Registration at: www.highland.gov.uk/coronavirus/RegistrationUpdates.
Re-opening of Service Points further will be taken with advice from the Scottish Government Covid19 guidance and when this allows for this to happen safely. Activity will be undertaken in a planned and co-ordinated way to ensure a safe working environment for staff and safe access for the public.
At the heart of what we do is the safety and wellbeing of the community and the safety and wellbeing of our staff. We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during this time.
In a report being presented to The Highland Council's Recovery Board on 24th August, Steve Walsh, High Life Highland's Chief Executive, has outlined the charity's road to financial recovery thanks to its bounceback campaign. Mr Walsh explained, "It now seems like an over-used phrase, but when the pandemic hit in March it was clear that High Life Highland, along with every other organisation was facing unprecedented challenges.
On Tuesday 11 August 2020, Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, announced in the Scottish Parliament a change to the way that SQA results would be decided. In some cases, the moderation process carried out by the SQA during July and August had meant that candidates might be awarded a lower or higher grade than their teacher had estimated.
Members of The Highland Council's Housing and Property Committee have agreed a one-year capital investment plan of £15.667 million to be spent improving existing housing stock - £1 million of which will be specifically to fund aids and adaptations for disabled tenants. The money will be allocated on an area-by-area basis with local members making decisions on projects to be carried out during 2021-2022.
Members of The Highland Council's Housing and Property Committee have had the chance to discuss the progress made to implement a Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan aimed at tackling homelessness. In November 2018 the Scottish Government and COSLA published the "Ending Homelessness Together" Action Plan which included the recommendation that all local authorities produce Rapid Rehousing Transition Plans to document how they would tackle homelessness.
All Highland Council school lets will remain suspended to assist in the Government's goal in suppressing the coronavirus. We will review this position in October and will reopen the lets booking process, in line with national Covid-19 guidance, when it is deemed safe to do so.
Members of today's postponed Corporate Resources Committee have supported recommendations contained in item 9 of today's report, regarding critical issues around COVID-19 school trip refunds. Those members who would have been in attendance at today's meeting were contacted by the Chair of the Committee, Cllr Alister Mackinnon, due to the importance of a decision being made on this item.
Pupils travelling by dedicated school transport. ‘Dedicated school transport' means transport which is only available to pupils.
Pupils whose results were downgraded by the SQA are to receive new grades based solely on teacher estimates. The SQA's alternative certification model was put in place after exams were cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Notice is hereby given under section 11(2) (b) of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 ("the Act") that Highland Council proposes to make The Highland Council (Limekiln Forest, Reay, Caithness) Order 2020 ("the Order") under section 11(1) of the Act. The effect of the Order will be to exempt a 7.8km length of forest track at Limekiln Forest, Reay, Caithness (part of Limekiln Forest Core Path CA11.03) from the access rights which would otherwise be exercisable in respect of the land by virtue of Part 1 of the Act.
The Highland Council, NHS Highland and Police Scotland are working closely to ensure that we all stay alert to the threat of COVID-19. The public are being asked to be vigilant and observe all guidance especially when attending licensed premises.