Highland Council has given a “very cautious” response to the Scottish Government’s budget and claims that funding has been increased.
The Scottish Government has delivered its budget despite announcing that its finance secretary had been suspended hours before he was due at Holyrood.
Highland MSP Kate Forbes has declared victory in a bid to secure crucial business rates schemes worth almost £20 million across the Highlands.
The introduction of the controversial welfare policy will be delayed in some areas until 2024 and cost an extra £500 million.
Access to the Cairngorm plateau is likely to form part of the upcoming masterplan consultation on the way forward for the struggling business
The Highland and Islands economy has benefited from an estimated £1 billion of EU funding over the years says SNP MSP Maree Todd
Scottish Government unhappy with delay but No. 11 has promised £1.2 billion more from UK budget
Localised flooding, wind and ice has caused damage to roads, paths, car parks and walls in numerous areas
Under the Less Favoured Areas Support Loan Scheme, eligible farmers and crofters will be offered up to 95 per cent of their CAP LFASS payment
The SNP's Drew Hendry has been re-elected as MP Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey seat with 26,247 votes – a majority of 10,440.
SNP hold with Drew Hendry to be returned to Westminster
Inverness, Nairn, Strathspey and Badenoch results expected around 3am