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21/8/2018
9% Pay Rise For Nhs Workers Over 3 Years
NHS employees and unions in Scotland have formally accepted a pay rise of at least 9% over the next three years.   The increase, which is the most generous health pay uplift anywhere in the UK, will benefit 147,000 ‘Agenda for Change' employees including all nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals.  
20/8/2018
Council Support For Caithness Flight Connectivity
Highland Council Members have agreed to support the efforts of Caithness Transport Forum and Wick JOG Airport Consultative Committee to improve flight connectivity at Wick John O' Groats airport.   Members were informed at Highland Council's headquarters that both organisations are pressing to have investigation work carried out on the potential to have a Public Service Obligation (PSO) created on one of the flight routes.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
19 August 2018 Energy & Business Services: It was good to meet this week with Mike Muir of M2 Procurement & Commercial Services.  Mike has extensive experience in procurement and commercial services, particularly in the nuclear sector, and I was delighted to hear that M2PCS has recently been awarded a contract to help develop the "Open4Business" portal that SSE has used to advertise many of its supply chain contracts.  
17/8/2018
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd -Sale 16 August 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 16th) sold 13,251 store lambs at their annual district sale to average £50.91 (-£1.63 on the year).   Cheviot wedder lambs (5,644) averaged £47.89 (-£1.47) and sold to £70.00 gross twice from 1 Dounie, Edderton & Park Farm, Strathpeffer.  
16/8/2018
Winter service policy approved for Highland Council roads
The Winter Service Policy for The Highland Council this coming winter 2018/19 has been approved by Members of the Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee.   The Council's policy relates to clearing and gritting of Highland Council adopted roads, cycle ways, footways and footpaths.  
16/8/2018
5-year Parking Policy for Highland drives forward
A 5 year Parking Policy and Guidance for The Highland Council area has been approved by Members of the Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee.   The policy, which is required by the local authority to underpin its enforcement of decriminalised parking will cover the period from 2018 - 2023.  
16/8/2018
Council agrees site for Materials Recovery Facility
The Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee has today agreed the Longman Landfill site in Inverness as the preferred location to construct a new centralised waste management facility (Materials Recovery Facility) to recover recyclates and produce Refuse Derived Fuel, as the Council's preferred interim arrangements for meeting the requirements of the ban on landfilling which commences in January 2021.  This facility will process all of the Highland’s 83,000 tonnes of residual (non-recyclable) waste from 2021 onwards.  
16/8/2018
Facility Lettings (School Lets) Review Makes Progress
Improvements to the management of facility lets in Highland Council properties (including schools) has been welcomed by Members of The Highland Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee.   Committee Chair, Cllr Allan Henderson said: "I would like to thank staff for the large amount of work has been undertaken since October 2016 when the Council's Redesign Board recommended the transfer of management of school lets to the Development and Infrastructure Service.  
16/8/2018
Council support for Caithness flight connectivity
Highland Council Members have agreed to support the efforts of Caithness Transport Forum and Wick JOG Airport Consultative Committee to improve flight connectivity at Wick John O' Groats airport.   Members were informed at Highland Council's headquarters today (16 August 2018) that both organisations are pressing to have investigation work carried out on the potential to have a Public Service Obligation (PSO) created on one of the flight routes.  
16/8/2018
Supplementary Guidance on Developer Contributions in Highland to be adopted
Planning guidance approved by the Highland Council today (Thursday 16 August 2018) has updated the financial contributions that new developments will be required to make towards facilities including schools, roads and the provision of affordable housing.   Members of the Highland Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee today agreed to adopt the Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance (DCSG) after a public consultation was undertaken in early 2018.  
16/8/2018
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd -Sale 15 August 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 15th) sold 38 store cattle and 14 adult head of breeding cattle.   Bullocks (13) sold to 217.1p per kg for a 350kg Limousin cross from Ardnagrask, Muir of Ord and £1,110 gross for a 670kg Shorthorn from Badden, Kiltarlity.  
15/8/2018
Early Loans For Farmers Being Made Available
Funding released to help mitigate impacts of adverse weather.   A National Basic Payment Support Scheme (NBPSS) has been launched, providing vital financial support for Scottish farmers, following months of adverse weather conditions.  
15/8/2018
Justice Secretary Welcomes Appointment Of Police Chief
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has welcomed the appointment of a new Chief Constable for Police Scotland.   Iain Livingstone was appointed by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) following an assessment process running over six weeks.  
15/8/2018
Scotland's Devolved Employment Services: Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland, 2018, Quarter 1
An Experimental Statistics Publication for Scotland.   This experimental statistics release is the fourth in a new series about the devolved Scottish employability services.  
15/8/2018
GDP Growth And Quarterly National Accounts Scotland, 2018 Q1
The latest publication of Quarterly National Accounts Scotland (QNAS) was announced today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.  This publication includes statistics for the first quarter of 2018 (January-March) including a revised estimate of GDP growth.  
13/8/2018
Decriminalised Parking Enforcment Finally Coming to Caithness
The Environment, Development and Infrastructure committee of Highland Council will meet on Thursday 16th August 2018.   Item 23 on the agenda is "Parking Services".  
13/8/2018
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Report to Council
On Thursday 16th August 2018 councillors on the Environment, Development and Infrastructure committee will discuss the update from Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership which is reproduced below.   3.  
10/8/2018
Abolishing business rates is not the answer to the high street's problems
The article was originally published in the Times and argues why abolishing business rates may not help businesses and is reproduced on the Institute of Fiscal Studies web site at - https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13132.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 30th July and 6th August 2018.   Sutherland Spaceport: Greg Clark MP, the UK Government's Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) was in the north this week to visit the site of the proposed Spaceport in North Sutherland.  
10/8/2018
Cost Pressures Rise To Highest Levels In Seven Years For Scottish Businesses
Royal Bank of Scotland & Fraser of Allander Institutes Scottish Business Monitor for Quarter 2 of 2018 Weakening sterling and the current global growth acceleration has helped fuel the country's economy during the first half of 2018, creating strong pickup in overseas businesses for Scotland’s exporters.   And the majority of companies across the country have experienced a pick up in activity during the last three months, with more expected during the remainder of the year.