May, 2018

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New pipeline connects water to North Uist villages

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Three villages in a corner of North Uist could be connected to the mains water supply for the first time thanks to a new project (May 29th). A proposal for planning consent has now been submitted to Comhairle nan Eilean... (Continue reading)

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Whole of UK ‘should have high-speed rail by 2050′

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High-speed rail connecting all of the UK mainland by 2050 would put “rocket fuel in Britain’s economy”, a leading transport think tank has proposed (May 29th). The move would shrink a long-standing productivity gap with countries such as Germany, Italy... (Continue reading)

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Communities to shape democracy

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People to have their say on Scotland’s public services.  People across Scotland are being invited to join a conversation about community decision-making to help make public services more locally focused. The Democracy Matters conversation will identify new legal rights for... (Continue reading)

Contract awarded for final phase of Inverness flood scheme

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The Highland Council is pleased to announce that the Smithton and Culloden Flood Protection Scheme has been awarded to Inverness based Morrison Construction with a tender assessment value of £6.2M (May 25th). This contract represents the final phase of works... (Continue reading)

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Council identifies first homes for new housing company

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Liverpool City Council has announced the first wave of properties to be built for its new ethical housing company – ‘Foundations’ (May 25th). A report to the council’s cabinet says it has identified council owned land in north Liverpool which... (Continue reading)

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Oil revenues to go in ‘future generations fund’ says Scots independence report

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All future North Sea revenues should be set aside in a wealth fund, according to a new report setting out the economic case for Scottish independence (May 25th). The SNP’s Growth Commission report, unveiled today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon,... (Continue reading)

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Northern Isles ferry contract to be put out to tender

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A new contract to operate lifeline ferry services to the Northern Isles will be put out to tender “as soon as possible” after the Scottish Government decided against awarding it to a public-sector operator (May 25th). Transport Minister Humza Yousaf... (Continue reading)

Support for coastal communities

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Fishing vessels and processing businesses to benefit from £6.9 million funding (May 25th). More than £6.9 million will be invested in projects to help fishing fleets land and sell their catch and support jobs in coastal communities. The sixth round... (Continue reading)

‘Put 1p on National Insurance to secure the NHS and social care’, say former Labour and Tory ministers and IPPR

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The Government should raise National Insurance contributions by 1p in the pound from 2019 to secure the NHS and social care in this parliament, say former ministers and the think tank IPPR (May 24th). The change is part of a... (Continue reading)

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Business-academic partnerships: apply now

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Up to £40 million of funding is available for businesses to work with an academic or research organisation and graduate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (May 25th). Businesses can apply for funding to bring in a graduate to collaborate on... (Continue reading)

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