Review of Political Arrangements In Highland
9th March 2008
The Highland Council has agreed to form a working group to review the political arrangements that have been in place since the new council was elected in May, last year. The group of 15 members of the Independent/Scottish National Party Administration will examine:-
~ the strategic committee structure;
~ the Planning Applications and Review Committees, Licensing Committees and Licensing Board, currently set up in each of the three operational areas;
~ the operation of the wards and ward forums; and
~ the potential for technological solutions to secure improved access to
the democratic process for elected members and the public.
The Group will aim to report back to the Council meeting of 26 June 2008.
Council Convener Sandy Park said: "In order to satisfy ourselves that the new arrangements are working well, the time is right to undertake a review of the politically arrangements currently in place."
The Council has seven strategic committees, namely Resources, Housing and Social Work, Education Culture and Sport, Planning Environment and Development, Transport Environmental and Community Services; Audit and Scrutiny and Gaelic.
In recognition of the importance of Inverness as the administrative and transport hub of the Highlands, an Inverness City Committee has been created.
There are three Planning Application and Review Committees and three Licensing Committees/Boards covering Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross; Ross Skye and Lochaber and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.
Elected members serve on Ward Forums, which are discussion forums open to the public. Ward members are joined by the ward manager, key partners and agencies, including Community Councils, in discussing matters of local interest.
The Working Group will comprise the following councillors: David Fallows, Donnie Kerr, George Farlow, Alan Torrance, David Bremner, John Rosie, Bill Clark, Donald Cameron, Jimmy MacDonald, Hamish Fraser, Richard Greene, Billy Barclay, Jaci Douglas, Laurie Fraser, Peter Corbett.
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. The single line number - 0300 303 1362 - will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.
Highland Council will be providing e-vouchers to families to support access to free school meals from week commencing 30 March 2020. This innovative and easy-to-use service will ensure over 4,000 school children will continue to receive support for school meals while schools are closed.
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.
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.
Due to the COVID19 restrictions and the closure of Council Service Points, there has been a change in the way Highland Council provides its Homeless services. If you become Homeless, please contact the Council's Service Centre on 01349 886602 (during office hours) and 01349 886691 (out of hours) for further help and support.
As a landlord, the Council's priority is maintaining the welfare of our tenants and providing you with essential services at this difficult time. The situation is changing daily, but this bulletin contains the most up-to-date information about where you can seek advice if you have any concerns about your wellbeing, income or other tenancy matters.
The Highland Council today launched on behalf of the Scottish Government, the COVID-19 business grant scheme. Grants of £10,000 and £25,000 are available for eligible businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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