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Scott MacLennan is the political reporter for the Highland titles at Highland News and Media. He joined the company in 2019. Scott went to university in Glasgow and Moscow and reports on the Highland Council, NHS Highland and the Scottish Parliament.

Details behind Highland Council's agreed 'outline' budget will only be known in two weeks

29 February 2024
Details behind Highland Council's agreed 'outline' budget will only be known in two weeks

Details behind Highland Council's agreed 'outline' budget will only be known in two weeks

29 February 2024

The agreed proposals are branded 'nebulous, vague, hazy, obscure, indistinct, unclear, indefinite, murky, blurred, formless and featureless.'


Highland Council leadership passes budget unchanged despite serious challenges

29 February 2024
Highland Council leadership passes budget unchanged despite serious challenges

Highland Council leadership passes budget unchanged despite serious challenges

29 February 2024

Council leader Raymond Bremner says it 'allows for significant investment to take place and protect jobs across our communities.'


Highland Council budget day: LibDems demand £50m more for St Clement's and roads

29 February 2024
Highland Council budget day: LibDems demand £50m more for St Clement's and roads

Highland Council budget day: LibDems demand £50m more for St Clement's and roads

29 February 2024

The group wants £20 million to end the decades-long wait for a new St Clements special school and £30 million for roads over three years.


Opposition groups say Highland Council budget 'does nothing to improve life'

28 February 2024
Opposition groups say Highland Council budget 'does nothing to improve life'

Opposition groups say Highland Council budget 'does nothing to improve life'

28 February 2024

They say the budget has 'no real substance' and question if it 'will in fact cover the financial gap.'


EDWARD MOUNTAIN: New energy efficiency Bill could 'obliterate' Highland finances

27 February 2024
EDWARD MOUNTAIN: New energy efficiency Bill could 'obliterate' Highland finances

EDWARD MOUNTAIN: New energy efficiency Bill could 'obliterate' Highland finances

27 February 2024

The MSP warns that 'it is practically impossible' for Highland homes to meet proposed energy performance standard.


Highland teachers suffer 'physical violence' and abuse on a 'daily' basis, says union

27 February 2024
Highland teachers suffer 'physical violence' and abuse on a 'daily' basis, says union

Highland teachers suffer 'physical violence' and abuse on a 'daily' basis, says union

27 February 2024

The EIS found staff 'have sustained physical injuries' while many considered leaving the profession altogether.


LibDems at Highland Council get a boost as Patrick Logue joins the group

26 February 2024
LibDems at Highland Council get a boost as Patrick Logue joins the group

LibDems at Highland Council get a boost as Patrick Logue joins the group

26 February 2024

It comes as the notice of election is published after the resignation of LibDem councillor Colin Aitken.


Highland Council Budget: How it affects you and what to expect in a crunch week for the north

26 February 2024
Highland Council Budget: How it affects you and what to expect in a crunch week for the north

Highland Council Budget: How it affects you and what to expect in a crunch week for the north

26 February 2024

From taxes to roads to fees, we take you through some of the main points of the £602 million budget.


Unidentified flying objects are spotted in the sky over Alness on Saturday night

25 February 2024
Unidentified flying objects are spotted in the sky over Alness on Saturday night

Unidentified flying objects are spotted in the sky over Alness on Saturday night

25 February 2024

We can confirm that it is not a case for Mulder and Scully but loved ones commemorating the anniversary of a young man passing away.


Highland Council leader reveals up £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

22 February 2024
Highland Council leader reveals up £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

Highland Council leader reveals up £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.’


Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

21 February 2024
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.


Questions remains as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

21 February 2024
Questions remains as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

Questions remains 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.'


Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

20 February 2024
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.


Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

19 February 2024
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.'


Dingwall schools have a higher rate of exclusion than Highland or Scottish averages

17 February 2024
Dingwall schools have a higher rate of exclusion than Highland or Scottish averages

Dingwall schools have a higher rate of exclusion than Highland or Scottish averages

17 February 2024

The primary is around 10 per cent higher than the national average while the academy is more than 17 per cent higher.


'This absolutely stinks' – Caley Thistle slams Highland Council for U-turn on battery farm

15 February 2024
'This absolutely stinks' – Caley Thistle slams Highland Council for U-turn on battery farm

'This absolutely stinks' – Caley Thistle slams Highland Council for U-turn on battery farm

15 February 2024

Club chairman Ross Morrison says the council or 'certain members of it, seem hellbent on killing the club by abusing their powers.'


Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

15 February 2024
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.


Highland Council U-turn potential on its own Caley Thistle battery storage scheme decision

14 February 2024
Highland Council U-turn potential on its own Caley Thistle battery storage scheme decision

Highland Council U-turn potential on its own Caley Thistle battery storage scheme decision

14 February 2024

The club says it is ‘absolutely bewildered’ and is considering legal action, accusing the local authority of ‘nimbyism’.


ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

13 February 2024
ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

13 February 2024

The Greens MSP says 'I am actively advocating for the establishment of a dedicated degree-level course in horticulture and business skills.'


Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

09 February 2024
Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

09 February 2024

The Inverness and Nairn MSP says of Humza Yousaf's pick that 'no one has put more effort into A9 dualling than Fiona'


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