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Tesco Bank Launches Leading No Fee Balance Transfer Clubcard Credit Card
Tesco Bank has today introduced a new credit card that allows customers to transfer balances without paying any balance transfer fees.  The card also offers customers 0% interest on all purchases and balance transfers for 10 months.  
[Local Authority]20/8/2014
Chair of further education regional board for the Highlands and Islands takes up postThumbnail for article : Chair of further education regional board for the Highlands and Islands takes up post
Dr Michael Foxley has taken up his post as chair of the University of the Highlands and Islands' new further education regional board.   The Post-16 Education (Scotland) Act makes the University of the Highlands and Islands, through a further education regional board, accountable for all college and university-level education in the Highlands and Islands.  
[Local Authority]20/8/2014
Wind Farm at Glen Kyllachy near Tomatin Refused Planning Permission
On Tuesday 19 August 2014 members of The Highland Council's South Planning Applications Committee have refused to grant planning permission to RWE Innogy UK Limited for a 20 turbine wind farm at Glen Kyllachy near Tomatin.   The motion, moved by Councillor Bill Lobban and seconded by Councillor Carolyn Caddick was that the application be refused on the grounds that it contravenes Policy 67 of the Highland Wide Local Development Plan in that the development will have a significant detrimental visual impact, both taken cumulatively with Farr Wind Farm and on its own, at areas of regional and local significance, notably, as viewed from the Slochd, Strathnairn, Loch Ashie, Abriachan , and consequently, the Great Glen Way.  
ABB to provide UK grid connection for Europe's largest tidal energy projectThumbnail for article : ABB to provide UK grid connection for Europe's largest tidal energy project
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has been awarded a contract by Atlantis Resources Limited to provide the onshore grid connection for Phase I of the MeyGen tidal stream project in the Pentland Firth.   The MeyGen tidal stream project is at the forefront of world marine energy development and will harvest the tidal resources of one of the most energetic maritime sites in Europe, the strait connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea between the Orkney Islands and the Scottish mainland.  
New Initiative Will Open Up Free Business Course to Anyone, Anywhere
A new initiative, due to launch on 8 September 2014, will allow anyone, anywhere in the world to get a better understanding of how to run a business, thanks to a collaboration between global accountancy body ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the University of Exeter Business School and online learning platform FutureLearn - .   Together, they are launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) - Discovering Business in Society - which is free to study and open to anyone in the world with access to the internet.  
New Criminal Offence and Penalties for Offshore Tax Evaders
People with undeclared offshore tax liabilities are being urged to come forward and pay what they owe or face prosecution, under new rules announced by the government today.   The new criminal offence of failing to declare taxable offshore income and gains is set out in an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) consultation paper launched today.  
Almost Half of Aspiring Homeowners Are Mystified by New Mortgage Rules
Only half (51%) of aspiring homeowners are aware of the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) according to new research by TSB.  Of those that are aware of the MMR, many still don't understand its impact as nearly a third (31%) have tried to find out more about it.  
Cost of Divorce Reaches £44,000 for UK Couples
Money matters take 11.5 months to settle following a break-up Total annual cost of divorce in UK adds up to £5.7 billion 57% increase in cost of divorce since last study in 2006 UK couples are spending more than £44,000 on average when they divorce or separate, totalling £5.7 billion per year* across the nation.  A new study from life insurer Aviva reveals the hidden cost of divorce as £21,979 per person or £43,958 per couple.  
Students Should Swot Up to Make Savvy Financial DecisionsThumbnail for article : Students Should Swot Up to Make Savvy Financial Decisions
Cash strapped students preparing to start university should check their finances to ensure they're getting the best possible deals, advises   Current accounts - don't over-do your overdraft Many students will end up relying on an overdraft to make ends meet between loan payments, so securing one with a decent limit is crucial.  
1 in 3 Savers Enquire About Raiding Their Pension Pots
A third of savers have "actively enquired" about raiding their pension pots next April, reveals one of the world's largest independent financial advisory organisations.   deVere Group reports that since Chancellor George Osborne announced in the Budget in March that all restrictions to pension fund access will be scrapped from April 2015, approximately one in three clients who have pensions have sought advice on accessing retirement savings.  
Pensioner Families to Suffer Social Security Cuts Worth Over £6bn a Year
Pensioner families across the UK will suffer social security cuts worth £6.38bn a year by the time the government's welfare reforms have taken full affect, the TUC warns today (Sunday) ahead of a new report on the impact of social security cuts published later this week.   In the run-up to the last general election, David Cameron pledged to protect pensioner benefits.  
July sees record increases in permanent placements and starting salaries
The recovery in Scotland's labour market moved up a gear in July.  The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs showed survey-record increases in both the number of permanent placements and starting salaries.  
Spending Power Report - Consumer Confidence Back on the Up
* Overall Consumer confidence resumes climb following last month's pause for breath.   * Essential spend has decreased for the first time in the report's history.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 19 August 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 19th) sold 41 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (10) averaged 206.9p (-5.2p) and sold to 228p per kg and £1,457.80 gross.  
A new tool to give rural regions a bite of the bioenergy marketThumbnail for article : A new tool to give rural regions a bite of the bioenergy market
A new online tool called BISCUIT (BioPAD Supply Chain Unique Integrated Tool), has been launched to help the bioenergy market grow in remote and rural regions of Europe and to highlight business and enterprise opportunities to those looking to enter the sector.   BISCUIT is a product of BioPAD (Bioenergy Proliferation and Deployment), a €0.7 million two year project funded under the EU's Northern Periphery Programme (NPP) with partners in Finland, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland.  
[Local Authority]17/8/2014
Work to start on latest radon testing programme in HighlandThumbnail for article : Work to start on latest radon testing programme in Highland
The Highland Council's Community Services have commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to test around 1,150 Council houses in Highland at the highest risk from radon gas.   PHE is writing to 1,150 Council tenants in parts of Badenoch and Strathspey; Wester Ross Strathpeffer and Lochalsh; Caol and Mallaig; Landward Caithness; East Sutherland and Edderton; Dingwall and Seaforth; and Aird and Loch Ness Wards during the week commencing 18 August 2014.  
[Local Authority]17/8/2014
Council to consider extending grass cutting contracts
Members of The Highland Council's Community Services Committee are to consider an update report on the Council's Grounds Maintenance Service Delivery which includes an extension to existing grass cutting contracts on Thursday 21 August 2014.   A report to Committee will invite Members to: · note the grounds maintenance performance information for April to July 2014; · note the management action taken to address performance issues; · agree that a review of the supervision of grounds maintenance is undertaken; and · agree that the existing contractual arrangements for delivery of amenity grass cutting are extended for the 2015 season so that all contracts terminate at the same time.  
3 in 4 UK Adults Shop Online and 54% Bank Online
New figures reveal that 74% of UK adults have bought goods or services online this year, compared to 53% in 2008*.  In addition, 53% of adults bank online, but Ukash, the global online cash payment provider, is highlighting the risk of a section of society being excluded simply because they don't have credit or debit cards.  
[Local Authority]17/8/2014
New build council housing nearing completion at Ullapool
There are just a few months to go until fourteen new cottage flats start to be handed over to their new tenants and owners.   The Highland Council and the Scottish Government has invested approximately £1.75m to transform a derelict site of a former hotel into affordable housing, enhancing local housing opportunities and be positive for the local environment.  
[Local Authority]17/8/2014
Council plea over Referendum fly-posting and road sign damage
The Highland Council is appealing to campaigners on both sides of the Scottish Independence Referendum and members of the public to heed the Council's Highland Referendum Poster Policy and not fall foul of the law.   The public are being advised that only the 15 Referendum Agents registered for The Highland Council area are allowed to display referendum posters on verges and lighting columns under the Council's ownership and control.