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Universal Credit - Incomes, Incentives And The Remaining Roll-out

What has been the impact of universal credit on incomes and work incentives?. The introduction of universal credit (UC) has been the most significant reform to the working-age benefits system since the reforms following the post-war Beveridge Report.

Today :: Business
 
Lord Chancellor Sets Out Immediate Action To Defuse Ticking Prison ‘time-bomb'

Lord Chancellor Shabana Mahmood has set out how the government will stop the impending collapse of the criminal justice system. Plan to tackle the prison capacity crisis announced at a speech in HMP Five Wells Immediate action necessary to prevent paralysis in the criminal justice system More probation officers and ten-year capacity strategy to better protect public "Our prisons are on the point of collapse", new Lord Chancellor Shabana Mahmood said today (Friday 12 July) as she set out how the government will stop the impending collapse of the criminal justice system.

Yesterday :: Business
 
How We Protected The UK And Space In June 2024

The National Space Operations Centre (NSpOC) protects UK interests in space and on Earth and works with international partners to ensure space remains safe, sustainable and accessible to all. Summary Overall risks to UK interests in space and on Earth from space-related threats, risks, and hazards were lower in June than in May.

Yesterday :: Business
 
Over 1,200 Jobs Supported By HIE In 2023/24

Figures compiled by HIE show that businesses and communities supported by the agency in 2023/24 are set to create or retain more than 1,200 jobs across the region. The outturns for 2023/24 were achieved through a combination of financial and non-financial interventions by HIE.

Yesterday :: Business
 
Actuarial Valuations, Pensions And Data Insights

Actuarial valuations are one type of support we offer to pension schemes clients. Pensions sector experts learned about Government Actuary's Department (GAD's) key skills at a recent event.

Yesterday :: Business
 
Water or AI? Is that the choice we face? And We Thought It Was Just Big Amounts of Electricity

Water and AI are two things that are rarely discussed together, but they should be, because in our future, our ability to use AI or artificial intelligence, is going to be severely restricted by the availability of water in the world. And what we already know is that the availability of water in this world is decidedly restricted.

Yesterday :: Business
Time To Hit The Ground Running

Mike Brewer at the Resolution Foundation looks at the challenges facing the new Labour government. We're now a week into a seismic political shift in UK politics, with Labour returning to office for the first time in 14 years.

Yesterday :: Business
 
Economic Impact Of Forestry - Sector Brings £1.1 Billion Annually

Scotland's forestry contributes £1.1 billion to the economy each year and supports more than 34,000 jobs, a new report has found. The independent study, commissioned by Scottish Forestry, notes that the industry directly employs 10,380 people, with a further 5,630 working across wood processing and forest activities, and 18,130 in forestry-related tourism.

12/7/2024 :: Business
Almost Two-in-five Large Families Are Now Affected By The Two-child Limit - And The Majority Are Set To Fall Into Poverty When The Policy Is Fully Rolled Out

Around 38 per cent of all large families (with at least three children) were affected by the two-child limit on benefit support in April 2024, and the policy is set to push the majority of large families below the poverty line by the end of the parliament, the Resolution Foundation said on Thursday 11 July 2024 in response to new DWP data. 450,000 families were affected by the two-child limit in April 2024, up from just 70,000 in 2018.

12/7/2024 :: Business
 
AI Supercharges Data Center Energy Use - Straining The Grid And Slowing Sustainability Efforts

The artificial intelligence boom has had such a profound effect on big tech companies that their energy consumption, and with it their carbon emissions, have surged. The spectacular success of large language models such as ChatGPT has helped fuel this growth in energy demand.

10/7/2024 :: Coming Events
Sun, 4 Aug 08:00am - Dunbeath Car Boot and Craft Sale

Car boot Sale with Cake & Craft Stalls. Own Gazebo's welcome..

9/7/2024 :: Coming Events
 
Sat, 17 Aug 10:45am - Kwk9 Rescue Novelty Dog Show

KWK9 Rescue 2024 Summer Dog Show Our dog show will be taking place this year on Saturday 17th August at Wick Assembly Rooms. This year we are trialling it a bit different and focusing on the dogs at the show.

7/7/2024 :: Coming Events
 
Sat, 31 Aug 7:30pm - Blood Drop Quiz Night

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7/7/2024 :: Coming Events
 
Wed, 14 Aug 11:00am - Scrabster Fun Day - HomeStart Caithness

📍Join us at Scrabster Beach 📅Wednesday 14th August ⏰11am - 3pm Book now to join some summer FUN 😃 🏰Sandcastles 🎨Face Painting 🖌Crafts 🏰Bouncy Castle We have transport available too 🚌 Booking is essential for all of our activities, to secure your place please email: [email protected] 💜 £5 deposit per family, refundable on arrival 😃 Bookings open for Home-Start Supported Families and Group Members ☺️.

4/7/2024 :: Coming Events
 
Sat, 3 Aug 7:00pm - Aly Bain And Phil Cunningham

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham in Concert – Wick Assembly Rooms, Saturday 3rd August 2024 Join us for a night of music and laughter like no other as Aly & Phil take to the stage to entertain you once again. Together, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have established themselves as the epitome of excellence in the world of traditional music.

1/7/2024 :: Coming Events
 
Sat, 10 Aug 08:30am - Orkney County Show 2024

This year the 136th Orkney County Show will be held on Saturday 10th August 2024 at the Bignold Park, Kirkwall. Showcasing high quality livestock with sections in cattle, sheep, horses, goats, poultry and dogs as well as action packed entertainment, there really is something for everyone, of all ages.

1/7/2024 :: Coming Events
 
Wed, 24 Jul 11:00am - Inclusive Active Day

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1/7/2024 :: Arts
 
Industrial Caithness - Art Exhibition and Story Telling

1st - 13th July 2024 See poster. The storytelling events are live on the website - book your free space at one of the sessions.

1/7/2024 :: Sutherland
Still To Receive Or Return Your Postal Vote In Highland - Now Available in Lairg

This is an UPDATE which now includes details of a location open tomorrow for set periods in Lairg. Please see text below marked in red If you have still to receive or return your postal vote for the Highland constituencies of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; or Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire please note the following advice.

30/6/2024 :: Community
 
Summer Activities In Wick From 1 July

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30/6/2024 :: Community
 
Soaring For Survival - Unveiling Swifts

Swifts feed on small flying insects, capturing them mid-flight. These insects accumulate in a specialised pouch located at the back of the swift's throat, where they are bound together by saliva, forming a pellet or bolus.

30/6/2024 :: Arts
 
Whittles Publishing - New Book

Hairy-foot, long-tongue - Solitary bees, biodiversity & evolution in your backyard' by David J. Perkins.

24/6/2024 :: Sutherland
 
Deadline Approaches For Free Voter Id Ahead Of Uk General Election

Time is running out to apply for free voter ID ahead of the UK general election. The deadline is 5pm Wednesday 26 June.

21/6/2024 :: Coming Events
 
Mon, 22 Jul 3:00pm - 89th Art Exhibition - Caithness Society Of Artists

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18/6/2024 :: Community
 
Clean Air Day On 20 June

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest campaign dedicated to raising awareness on air pollution and the focus this year is on educating the public about air quality and encouraging active travel and alternative transport options. To celebrate the day, the Council's Environmental Health Team are organising an event at Falcon Square, Inverness which will be a good opportunity to raise awareness on air pollution and share knowledge on sustainable travel options.

18/6/2024 :: Sutherland
 
Highland Council Supports Clean Air Day On 20 June

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest campaign dedicated to raising awareness on air pollution and the focus this year is on educating the public about air quality and encouraging active travel and alternative transport options. To celebrate the day, the Council's Environmental Health Team are organising an event at Falcon Square, Inverness which will be a good opportunity to raise awareness on air pollution and share knowledge on sustainable travel options.

18/6/2024 :: Sutherland
 
A836 Naver Bridge Replacement Works Confirmed

The Highland Council have awarded the Naver Bridge replacement contract to Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd with set-up works commencing soon after 1 August 2024. The project is required to replace the aged single track wrought iron plate girder bridge over the River Naver South of Bettyhill.

17/6/2024 :: Community
 
Funding Applications Open To Rural Community Organisations - £800,000 Available

Organisations are invited to apply for funding towards projects addressing issues affecting Highland rural communities. This round of Community Regeneration Funding (CRF) of over £800k will be financed from the Community Led Local Development fund (CLLD), a competitive Highland-wide funding programme for rural areas.

16/6/2024 :: Coming Events
Fri, 8 Nov 6:00pm - Shop in Style Evening

An evening of style, sparkle & shopping. Wine & dine then sample the quality of local craftsmanship.