Highland Council Supporting Challenge Poverty Week 7 - 13 October 2019
7th October 2019
The Highland Council is supporting this year's Challenge Poverty Week, which runs from 7-13 October 2019.
The Scotland-wide campaign led by the Poverty Alliance is designed to raise awareness that poverty exists in Scotland and restricts people's ability to take part in society. We can work to end poverty and believe it can be solved by boosting incomes and reducing cost of living.
Highland Council will take the opportunity to promote information through its social media channels about where households in Highland affected by, or at risk from, poverty can seek help and advice.
Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council, said: "We have a commitment along with our partner agencies in Highland to reduce poverty and inequality for people in the Highlands.
"We know that a lack of equality of opportunity and barriers to accessing services such as housing, work and learning opportunities, or transport all have a significant impact upon poverty in this area, and we welcome the opportunity to support the Challenge Poverty campaign. Our funding of Advice and Information services, along with many other activities, is key to alleviating poverty and are vital to the health and well-being of many households across the Highlands."
There is a strong partnership commitment in Highland to address poverty and inequality expressed through the aim of the Community Planning Partnership's Highland Outcome Improvement Plan: "To work together to reduce inequality within Highland communities". This is supported through community plans at local level.
The Council, along with partners, recently published its first Child Poverty Action Report and has reported on its funding of advice and information services provided by the Council's Welfare Support Team and Citizen’s Advice.
For more information about Challenge Poverty Week see https://www.challengepoverty.net/
Highland Council's Trading Standards Team is urging consumers to check whether their tumble dryer is covered by a nation-wide product recall. Safety concerns affect a wide range of models and the manufacturer is offering a brand new machine at no cost to replace the problem items.
The Highland Council has once again been alerted to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are cold calling and claiming that the resident is due a council tax refund or can have their Council Tax band reassessed upon payment of £150. Council Tax bands are determined by the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer who is independent from the Highland Council.
Motorists are being advised that in the interests of public safety during the Loch Ness Marathon, River Ness 10k Race and River Ness 5k Fun Run charity events taking place this Sunday 6th October 2019, various roads temporary closures and restrictions will be in place. The Infirmary Bridge in Inverness will also be closed to pedestrians and cyclists on Sunday 6th October from 09:00 to 17:00.
The Highland Council has welcomed the announcement that it is to receive nearly £1.3m from the Scottish Crown Estate out of a total of £7.5m which was the net revenue from the marine assets in the 0-12 nautical mile zone for the year 2017-2018. Following the recent devolution of the management of the Crown Estate, this is the first year under these new arrangements which will enable coastal local authorities to fund coastal community benefit across the region.
Wickers are being given the chance to help transform their High Street into a more vibrant, accessible and a welcoming place for everyone to spend time in, as part of the Town Centre Regeneration. The Wick Street Design project is being delivered by Sustrans Scotland in partnership with The Highland Council, Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council and Local Councillors.
The Highland Council is taking the opportunity during Recycle Week 2019 to encourage Highland households and businesses to do their bit and remember to recycle as much as they can. Recycle Week (23- 29 September 2019) is the annual awareness week coordinated by Zero Waste Scotland, aiming to get everyone recycling more by raising awareness of the benefits and promoting easy ways to do more.
Consumer complaints about second-hand cars have topped the complaints "league table" in Scotland for many years. Common problems include mechanical issues, misdescribed cars and history.
Changes to a number of Polling Districts and Polling Places in the Highlands were agreed yesterday (Thursday 5 September 2019) at the meeting of The Highland Council. Members approved a new Scheme of Polling Districts and Polling Places that will be in place for the next four years.
As part of The Highland Council's Redesign, the Council has announced two further appointments to new posts of Executive Chief Officer (ECO). Stuart Black, Director of Development and Infrastructure, will take up the post of ECO for Transformation and Economy at the end of the month.
Kings Golf Club Inverness, (formerly known as Torvean Golf Club), has officially opened a new course and clubhouse on the north side of the A82 trunk road, on the outskirts of Inverness, marking the completion of a £12.35M investment as part of the Inverness West Link Road project. The official opening ceremony took place today, Friday 30th August 2019, with special guest Bernard Gallagher, former three times Ryder Cup Captain and the Provost of Inverness Helen Carmichael.
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