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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

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.’


Parliament tarnished by 'squalid manoeuvring' during vote on Gaza ceasefire, says Stone

Parliament tarnished by 'squalid manoeuvring' during vote on Gaza ceasefire, says Stone

Parliament tarnished by 'squalid manoeuvring' during vote on Gaza ceasefire, says Stone

22 February 2024

Far north MP hits out after unprecedented scenes in the House of Commons


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

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.


Jamie Stone: 'Now we can argue the case for more Wick flights'

Jamie Stone: 'Now we can argue the case for more Wick flights'

Jamie Stone: 'Now we can argue the case for more Wick flights'

21 February 2024

Jamie Stone wants to see additional flights from Wick John O'Groats Airport following this week's positive news about Scottish Government funding.


Questions remain as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

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.'


Funding pledge on Wick flights 'excellent news for Caithness', says Maree Todd

Funding pledge on Wick flights 'excellent news for Caithness', says Maree Todd

Funding pledge on Wick flights 'excellent news for Caithness', says Maree Todd

21 February 2024

The Scottish Government's support for the Wick/Aberdeen route ensures airport stability and sustains local employment, according to the local MSP.


MAREE TODD: Caithness voices heard on healthcare and electricity grid

MAREE TODD: Caithness voices heard on healthcare and electricity grid

MAREE TODD: Caithness voices heard on healthcare and electricity grid

21 February 2024

Holyrood Notebook by Maree Todd


Maree Todd keen to see strengthening of Caithness maternity service

Maree Todd keen to see strengthening of Caithness maternity service

Maree Todd keen to see strengthening of Caithness maternity service

21 February 2024

The local MSP has said it is not for politicians to make clinical decisions, and argued that midwife-led care should be seen as 'the gold standard'.


MP keen to hear about care experiences at Thurso event

MP keen to hear about care experiences at Thurso event

MP keen to hear about care experiences at Thurso event

20 February 2024

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP Jamie Stone wants to hear about local people's care experiences at an event in Thurso this Friday.


Councillors press for PSO commitment with Wick passenger numbers on the rise

Councillors press for PSO commitment with Wick passenger numbers on the rise

Councillors press for PSO commitment with Wick passenger numbers on the rise

20 February 2024

Councillors have highlighted a 25 per cent rise in Wick passenger numbers as they fight for the continuation of a vital Scottish Government subsidy.


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

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.


Jamie Stone slams pause on healthcare projects as 'shocking indictment'

Jamie Stone slams pause on healthcare projects as 'shocking indictment'

Jamie Stone slams pause on healthcare projects as 'shocking indictment'

19 February 2024

Jamie Stone has accused the Scottish Government of "unforgivable incompetence" over the pause on funding for healthcare construction projects.


Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

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.'


Caithness councillor in switch to Highland Independent group

Caithness councillor in switch to Highland Independent group

Caithness councillor in switch to Highland Independent group

19 February 2024

Caithness councillor Karl Rosie has joined the Highland Independent group on the local authority, saying he wants to "put people before politics".


Scottish Government seeks to tackle population challenges

Scottish Government seeks to tackle population challenges

Scottish Government seeks to tackle population challenges

17 February 2024

A plan to strengthen communities facing population decline, including funding for local-led research, initiatives and support has been published.


Highland rail network faces 'increasing cancellations' due to cuts to Network Rail budget, argues union

Highland rail network faces 'increasing cancellations' due to cuts to Network Rail budget, argues union

Highland rail network faces 'increasing cancellations' due to cuts to Network Rail budget, argues union

17 February 2024

Cuts to Network Rail increase the likelihood of railway line failures and cancellations, Highland RMT members have warned after more disruption.


'We need more council allotments in the Highlands,' Greens argue amid fears region left behind

'We need more council allotments in the Highlands,' Greens argue amid fears region left behind

'We need more council allotments in the Highlands,' Greens argue amid fears region left behind

17 February 2024

Providing council-owned & managed allotments across the Highlands must be included in the local authority's latest review, the region's Greens argue.


Pylon scheme marks 'beginning of the end for the Highlands'

Pylon scheme marks 'beginning of the end for the Highlands'

Pylon scheme marks 'beginning of the end for the Highlands'

16 February 2024

Communities along the route of the proposed new pylon line are "powerless" and need strong voices in parliament, a public meeting in Dunbeath heard.


Jamie Stone in renewed call for undersea option instead of Highland pylons

Jamie Stone in renewed call for undersea option instead of Highland pylons

Jamie Stone in renewed call for undersea option instead of Highland pylons

15 February 2024

Jamie Stone is pushing for an undersea option rather than have a controversial line of huge new electricity pylons cutting through the Highlands.


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

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.


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