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/
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.
An update on the recruitment of teaching positions in Highland was presented to Members of the Council's Education Committee yesterday (6 August 2020). Head of Education, Nicky Grant, said: "I want to thank our staff members who have stepped into these vacancies while we continue in our recruitment of teaching and support staff.
Members at yesterday's (6 August) meeting of Education Committee, heard about the success of schools across Highland communities and, specifically, drivers of success from Highland Head Teachers from Portree High, Dingwall Academy, Thurso High, Kingussie High, and St Clement's School in Dingwall. Chair of the Education Committee, Councillor John Finlayson, said: "The achievements and resilience of our young people across the Highlands has to be congratulated along with the positive results we have heard about today.