Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - 20th May 2020

COVID -19 TESTING FOR CAREHOMES

Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant, has secured an urgent meeting with a Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary, in her continuous bid for a Covid-19 emergency protocol, for care homes.

The Highlands & Islands MSP has criticised Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, over the length of time, it has taken to respond to requests, for “a clear single protocol”, to be drawn up, to protect care home staff and residents from Covid-19 outbreaks.

MSP Rhoda Grant said: “I will ask the Cabinet Secretary to outline, exactly what scientific advice has changed, in that the government now accepts, the need to carry out regular staff testing in care homes.”


NATIONAL TRUST VITAL FOR HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has said that it is vitally important, for the Highlands and Islands, that a Government taskforce is successful, in securing the future of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

NTS is reported to have announced that 429 staff of its permanent workforce, are at risk of redundancy and that it will, seek to sell non-heritage land and property.

Mr Cameron said: “NTS act as custodian for the some of the most cherished landscapes and historic buildings in the Highlands and Islands, providing a vital part of our tourist infrastructure.

As we seek to rebuild the tourism sector – worth £1bn to our regional economy – we must ensure that the irreplaceable attractions cared for by NTS are secured for the nation, and we do everything possible to preserve the jobs of the local NTS workforce.”

 

CLAIMS FOR EMPLOYERS AND SELF EMPLOYED FOR PAYMENT END MAY

Today is the last day, employers can claim for 80%, of their furloughed employees’ wages, if they wish to receive the money before the end of the month.
Today is also the deadline for the self-employed, to claim a grant from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. If they wish to receive the money by the end of this month.
Claims can be made at a later date. But for money to reach bank accounts by the end of May, claims need to be made by 4pm today.

 

TRADING STANDARDS WARNING – COUNCIL TAX REBATE SCAM

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Trading Standards, is warning unsuspecting residents, of the emergence of a council tax scam. The scam is in a bogus email, stating the recipient is due a council tax rebate.
A spokesperson for Trading Standards states,
“If you receive emails of this nature, do not click on links contained in them, these are designed, to harvest your personal information and banking details, to be used for fraudulent purposes.
Any communication with council tax payers, from the Council’s Revenues Section about something like a refund, would be by letter in most cases.
General scam calls, can be reported to CNES Trading Standards on 01851 822694

 

HARRIS SPORTS CENTRE LAUNCHES ONLINE FITNESS CLASSES

The Isle of Harris Sports Centre will now be offering Online Fitness Classes. Online classes can be accessed from 5pm till 5:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Sports Facilities Services Manager Tony Wade said:
“It is really important to maintain close contact with our customers through these challenging times. That is why we are now launching Online Fitness classes for the Isle of Harris Community.

During these challenging times, we are hoping to provide a social platform, through our fitness classes, which allows people to socialise safely from home. The Classes will be delivered online using a combination of methods including Zoom.
The online classes are open to, anyone who has previously attended fitness classes, at The Isle of Harris Sports Centre. All classes are free and you do not need a ‘Slàinte Mhath’ membership to join in.