Kate Forbes MSP has condemned an opposition attempt to end crucial rates reliefs schemes that benefit 11,050 of businesses in the Highlands.
Last week Labour and Tory MSPs on Holyrood's Local Government and Communities Committee voted for a Green amendment to the Non-Domestic Rates Bill that would remove the ability of Scottish Ministers to set the business rates poundage.
Amendment 9, lodged by Andy Wightman MSP, sets out to devolve powers to set business rates to councils. The effect is that rates would no longer be set nationally and business rates reliefs – including the Small Business Bonus and rates relief for nurseries – would automatically end.
Congratulations have poured into SEALL after their weekend success at the Scottish Trad awards where they won Community Project of the Year sponsored by Skippinish for their Festival of Small Halls 2018.
Seall said: “We are absolutely delighted. Small Halls is all about the communities, the musicians and the Islands. Thanks so much to the Trad Awards and to everyone who voted for us.”
Reacting to their win Rachel Newton said on Twitter:“Woohoo! Loved my time at Festival of Small Halls this year. Congratulations to the brilliant team @SEALLEventsSkye!”
The photograph shows another full house for another SEALL Festival of Small Halls this time in Elgol with Duncan Chisholm, Jarlath Henderson Innes Watson and Rachel Newton.
Highland Council is making progress in its ambition to provide emergency life support to all pupils in Highland, with twenty-two schools in the region now owning a defibrillator. This comes just eight years after Portree High School led the way, fundraising for its own defibrillator and introducing Lucky2BHere emergency life support training.
Over recent years, Highland Council has actively promoted collaboration between head teachers of secondary and special schools and Lucky2BHere, a charity which delivers defibrillators and emergency life support training across Scotland.
Currently, 20 secondary schools and two special schools have a defibrillator on site, and the focus is now on ensuring a commitment from the remaining schools to progress this in their local community.