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18/3/2019
Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan reviewThumbnail for article : Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan review
The Highland Council is raising awareness of the opportunity to help shape future growth and development across the Inner Moray Firth area, and is encouraging anyone living, working, investing and being educated in the area to get involved.   The Council has announced its intention to review the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan.  
17/3/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 16 March 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 16 March 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts (March 16th) sold 1 adult head of cattle, 12 goats, 120 adult head of sheep and 443 lots of poultry, eggs & poultry equipment at their, rare & traditional breeds of livestock sale.   Cattle (1) sold to £920 gross for a Highland young bull from Tordarroch Estate, Farr. Goats (12) sold to £70 gross for an Anglo Nubian from Bogallan, North Kessock.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 4th & 11th March 2019.   SpaceHub Sutherland: Further community engagement events have taken place this week - a drop-in event was held in Tongue on Wednesday, followed by a further drop-in event in Wick on Thursday.  
14/3/2019
British pound surges the most in nearly two years after UK lawmakers vote to reject a no-deal BrexitThumbnail for article : British pound surges the most in nearly two years after UK lawmakers vote to reject a no-deal Brexit
Sterling rose 2 percent after U.K.  lawmakers rejected leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement.  
14/3/2019
Agri-tourism Monitor FarmsThumbnail for article : Agri-tourism Monitor Farms
Two farms have been selected to develop their food tourism business and encourage others to follow their example.   Working with other farms, estates and crofts, the two new agri-tourism monitor farms located in East Lothian and Dunbartonshire will help to improve their profitability, productivity and sustainability through practical demonstrations and sharing of best practice.  
14/3/2019
Equality mainstreamed in Highland - Council, Education and LicensingThumbnail for article : Equality mainstreamed in Highland - Council, Education and Licensing
A report that aims to demonstrate the continuing commitments of Highland Council, it's Education Authority and Highland Licensing Board, to advance and mainstream equality into day-to-day work was approved today by Councillors on the Care, Learning and Housing Committee.   Local Authorities, Education Authorities and Licensing Boards are required by legislation to publish a report every 2 years on how they mainstream equality into their work.  
14/3/2019
Councillors commend Corporate Parenting activitiesThumbnail for article : Councillors commend Corporate Parenting activities
The responsibilities of Highland Councillors as Corporate Parents of Care Experienced Young People in Highland were highlighted today at a meeting of the Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee.   Members were urged to engage with Looked After Young People and the idea of a 5-aside-football team was mooted as a way to engage.  
14/3/2019
Funding To Prepare For BrexitThumbnail for article : Funding To Prepare For Brexit
Grants for businesses expanded.   First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced £2 million is now available to help even more businesses in Scotland prepare for Brexit.  
13/3/2019
The Chancellor Has Presented His Spring Statement To Parliament - Here's A Summary Of What He SaidThumbnail for article : The Chancellor Has Presented His Spring Statement To Parliament - Here's A Summary Of What He Said
The Chancellor The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP 13 March 2019.   Speech to the House of Commons The UK economy continues to grow, with wages increasing and unemployment at historic lows, providing a solid foundation on which to build Britain's economic future, the Chancellor said today in his Spring Statement.  
13/3/2019
The Emerging Outlook For Scottish Income Tax Revenues - A Concerning PictureThumbnail for article : The Emerging Outlook For Scottish Income Tax Revenues - A Concerning Picture
How have Scotland's revenues from income tax been performing since income tax powers were transferred to the Scottish Parliament in April 2017? This is clearly an important question to ask.  The Scottish budget in any year is determined in part by the rate of growth of Scottish income tax revenues per capita since 2016/17 compared to the growth of equivalent income tax revenues per capita in the rest of the UK (rUK).  
13/3/2019
Who Owns Scotland - Debate At Scottish ParliamentThumbnail for article : Who Owns Scotland - Debate At Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Parliament debated issues surrounding land ownership, creating a register and the difficulties of obtaining information.   The motion was brought forward by Andy Wightman MSP who has had long interest and published papers and books on the topic.  
13/3/2019
Labour Response To The Cancellors Spring Statement 13 March 2019Thumbnail for article : Labour Response To The Cancellors Spring Statement 13 March 2019
John McDonnell's Labour shadow Chancellor full response to the Spring Statement 13 March 2019 Responding to the Spring Statement, John McDonnell, Labour's Shadow Chancellor said: Let me thank the Chancellor for providing me with an earlier sight of his statement.   I say to the Chancellor: his complacency today is astounding.  
13/3/2019
Quarter 4 Births At Lowest Levels In Scotland Since Records BeganThumbnail for article : Quarter 4 Births At Lowest Levels In Scotland Since Records Began
There were 12,580 births and 14,484 deaths registered in Scotland between 1 October and 31 December 2018, according to provisional figures released today by National Records of Scotland.  Compared to the quarter four average for the last five years, births have fallen by 5.9 per cent and deaths have risen by 0.6 cent.  
13/3/2019
£85 Million For Borderlands From Scottish GovernmentThumbnail for article : £85 Million For Borderlands From Scottish Government
Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson is calling for the UK Government to match his funding commitment for the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.   The Scottish Government is prepared to invest up to £85 million over ten years to drive inclusive growth across the region.  
13/3/2019
Science centre funding 2019-20Thumbnail for article : Science centre funding 2019-20
Total funding for Science Centres tops £10 million.   Funding to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) accessible to everyone has been confirmed during British Science Week.  
13/3/2019
Tackling Tax Avoidance, Evasion And Other Forms Of Non-compliance
This policy paper sets out the government's approach and achievements in tackling tax avoidance, evasion and other forms of non-compliance.  It is split into three chapters and outlines HMRC's strategy and approach to compliance for different taxpayers, details the government’s record in addressing areas where risks of non-compliance have been identified and provides a summary of the government’s record of investment in HMRC and its commitment to further action.  
13/3/2019
Chancellor Banks Most Of Modest Fiscal WindfallThumbnail for article : Chancellor Banks Most Of Modest Fiscal Windfall
From the Office of Budget Responsibility today 13 March 2019.   Stronger income tax receipts and lower debt interest payments have delivered the Chancellor a modest fiscal windfall.  
13/3/2019
TUC says Spring Statement today is a sideshowThumbnail for article : TUC says Spring Statement today is a sideshow
Spring Statement is sideshow to no-deal threat to workers' jobs and rights, says TUC.   Commenting after today's Spring Statement, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:"While the chancellor pats himself on the back, working people are paying the price for the prime minister’s disastrous mishandling of Brexit.  
13/3/2019
Latest Update From Gills Harbour To Caithness Transport ForumThumbnail for article : Latest Update From Gills Harbour To Caithness Transport Forum
REPORT FROM GILLS HARBOUR Ltd., GILLS BAY, KW1 4YB, FOR CAITHNESS TRANSPORT FORUM OF 06.03.2019.   1) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ZONE.  
13/3/2019
FCA Fines The Carphone Warehouse Over £29m For Insurance Mis-sellingThumbnail for article : FCA Fines The Carphone Warehouse Over £29m For Insurance Mis-selling
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined The Carphone Warehouse £29,107,600 for failings that led to the mis-selling of 'Geek Squad', a mobile phone insurance and technical support product.  This follows an FCA investigation which stemmed from whistleblowing reports.