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Scott Maclennan


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Scott MacLennan is the political reporter for the Highland titles at Highland News and Media. He joined the company in 2019. Scott went to university in Glasgow and Moscow and reports on the Highland Council, NHS Highland and the Scottish Parliament.

Highland Council leader reveals up to £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

22 February 2024
Highland Council leader reveals up to £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

Highland Council leader reveals up to £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

22 February 2024

Raymond Bremner says an extra £60 million would go ‘some way towards us being able to invest in important capital projects.’


Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

21 February 2024
Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

21 February 2024

Focus on attainment was lost as councillors defend officials over a 'judgmental' education report critical of primary school staff.


Questions remain as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

21 February 2024
Questions remain as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

Questions remain as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

21 February 2024

Council leader Raymond Bremner said: 'It has been our priority to protect jobs and services wherever possible.'


Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

20 February 2024
Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

20 February 2024

But there is little information on roads spending as the £602.5 million budget seeks to plug a £65 million blackhole.


Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

19 February 2024
Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

19 February 2024

Councillor Helen Crawford says asking 'teachers to mark more generously' is 'just a big sticking plaster.'


Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

15 February 2024
Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

15 February 2024

593 staff past and present were overpaid and now face salary reductions, debt recovery and legal action to force the return of cash.


ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

13 February 2024
ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

13 February 2024

The Greens MSP says 'I am actively advocating for the establishment of a dedicated degree-level course in horticulture and business skills.'


Maxine Smith says 'sorry' but hits out at critics after getting one-month suspension

07 February 2024
Maxine Smith says 'sorry' but hits out at critics after getting one-month suspension

Maxine Smith says 'sorry' but hits out at critics after getting one-month suspension

07 February 2024

She says she accepts the sanction adding 'being a councillor in these conditions is extremely trying and stressful.'


Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

06 February 2024
Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

06 February 2024

He says 'decisions by SNP and Green ministers in Edinburgh that will have a real impact on life here in the Highlands.'


Highland Council overpaid former staff 602 times costing £863k in taxpayers' money

05 February 2024
Highland Council overpaid former staff 602 times costing £863k in taxpayers' money

Highland Council overpaid former staff 602 times costing £863k in taxpayers' money

05 February 2024

MSP Edward Mountain said it was 'beyond belief' and that the responsible parties should help pay the money back.


Sutherland Spaceport wants to downsize and relocate parts of the facility

28 January 2024
Sutherland Spaceport wants to downsize and relocate parts of the facility

Sutherland Spaceport wants to downsize and relocate parts of the facility

28 January 2024

Highland Council has received advance notice of a full planning application.


WATCH: Highland MSPs baffled by Yousaf's response to healthcare investment halt

25 January 2024
WATCH: Highland MSPs baffled by Yousaf's response to healthcare investment halt

WATCH: Highland MSPs baffled by Yousaf's response to healthcare investment halt

25 January 2024

Labour and Tory MSPs slam First Minister for avoiding responsibility for Scottish Government decisions and again blaming Westminster.


Council hopes accounting move will bring in millions to plug £60 million blackhole

25 January 2024
Council hopes accounting move will bring in millions to plug £60 million blackhole

Council hopes accounting move will bring in millions to plug £60 million blackhole

25 January 2024

By extending its repayment on three Public Private Partnerships it would get a £68 million windfall but increase debt by £146 million.


EDWARD MOUNTAIN: Halt on capital projects 'another hammer blow' for NHS Highland

23 January 2024
EDWARD MOUNTAIN: Halt on capital projects 'another hammer blow' for NHS Highland

EDWARD MOUNTAIN: Halt on capital projects 'another hammer blow' for NHS Highland

23 January 2024

He says the stop 'places in great jeopardy the refurbishment of Raigmore’s maternity unit and projects in Caithness and Lochaber.'


Scottish Government confirms 'paused' flagship NHS Highland projects not a 'priority'

23 January 2024
Scottish Government confirms 'paused' flagship NHS Highland projects not a 'priority'

Scottish Government confirms 'paused' flagship NHS Highland projects not a 'priority'

23 January 2024

A government spokesman says Westminster's failure to 'inflation-proof its capital budget' resulted in a 'nearly a 10 per cent real-terms cut.'


Highland Council plans 7.95% cent rent hike to raise nearly £900,000

22 January 2024
Highland Council plans 7.95% cent rent hike to raise nearly £900,000

Highland Council plans 7.95% cent rent hike to raise nearly £900,000

22 January 2024

The cash will go to non-essential maintenance but there are concerns about the 'potential affordability impacts.'


Is Highland Council taking bullying and harassment allegations seriously?

18 January 2024
Is Highland Council taking bullying and harassment allegations seriously?

Is Highland Council taking bullying and harassment allegations seriously?

18 January 2024

Bosses continue to play down evidence, want to deal with complaints 'informally' offer victims and alleged perpetrators 'similar support'.


Global Energy gets planning approval for £200 million Green Freeport plant at Nigg

18 January 2024
Global Energy gets planning approval for £200 million Green Freeport plant at Nigg

Global Energy gets planning approval for £200 million Green Freeport plant at Nigg

18 January 2024

Japanese giant Sumitomo Electric Industries will produce trans-national subsea cables for the renewables sector.


EMMA RODDICK: 'At work, every positive decision is marred by the bigger picture'

16 January 2024
EMMA RODDICK: 'At work, every positive decision is marred by the bigger picture'

EMMA RODDICK: 'At work, every positive decision is marred by the bigger picture'

16 January 2024

She says 'I’m reminded dozens of times a day of the cost of being in the union.'


Highland Council getting personal as two members are to face the standards watchdog

13 January 2024
Highland Council getting personal as two members are to face the standards watchdog

Highland Council getting personal as two members are to face the standards watchdog

13 January 2024

Easter Ross's Maxine Smith is in hot water over a spat with a fellow councillor while Caithness's Andrew Jarvie is up for 'feeling misled'.


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