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Grants to make homes more energy efficient

People living in Argyll and Bute are being given the opportunity to make their homes more energy efficient thanks to the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS). The Scottish Government has awarded Argyll and Bute Council a grant of £1,745,908 to help residents make energy efficiency improvements to their properties. These include external/internal wall insulation, underfloor insulation, cavity wall insulation and loft insulation.

12 July 2019
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E is for Economic Development

The council has developed an Economic Strategy and associated Action Plan to focus its resources on economic development activities that will have the greatest benefit on the sustainable economic growth of its communities and Scotland as a whole. This new strategy demonstrates the council’s corporate priorities for developing the Argyll and Bute’s economy, thereby facilitating focus, effective resource planning and partnership working at local, national, European and international levels.

12 July 2019
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D is for Dangerous Buildings

The council’s building standards team is responsible for ensuring members of the public are kept safe. Tony Casci works as an Area Team Leader and part of his remit involves dealing with dangerous buildings. “Buildings can become dangerous for a number of reasons,” he said, “Storm damage, fire damage, vandalism, ground subsidence and neglect are just some of these. Whilst property owners are responsible for maintaining their buildings, this doesn’t always happen and these buildings can often fall into disrepair.

11 July 2019
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C is for Community Group Support

C is for Community Group Support Did you know that the council has a department dedicated to providing support and advice to community groups? Kirsty Moyes works as a Community Development Officer with the council, helping community groups to access funding, increase volunteer numbers, improve their skills and knowledge, become more sustainable, create community action plans, increase in confidence… the list goes on!

10 July 2019
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A photo of Dunoon and German pupils in Germany

Dunoon pupils enjoy 31st German exchange

Pupils at Dunoon Grammar recently took part in the school’s 31st German exchange visit. Thirty-five pupils returned to Dunoon Grammar School from a 10-day trip to Germany, laden with not only gifts and dirty washing for parents - but with many magical memories that will last a lifetime. The pupils, accompanied by six staff, visited Hardenberg Gymnasium in Furth, Bavaria.

9 July 2019
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B is for Benefits

B is for Benefits Meet Kerry Gillespie. Kerry is a Welfare Rights Assistant with the council, and provides members of the public with advice on benefits. “One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping people,” Kerry said. “There are so many people out there who are entitled to claim benefits but aren’t doing so. I help them find out what they are eligible for and, if needed, I assist them with filling in any forms or paperwork. All our services are free, impartial and confidential.

9 July 2019
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Digital training boost for Argyll and Bute businesses

Businesses in Argyll and Bute will benefit from digital skills training and one-to-one expert help thanks to £48,000 in Scottish Government funding. Business Gateway Argyll and Bute will deliver 19 DigitalBoost workshops and up to 20 one-to-one expert sessions with the funding, which is part of a Scotland-wide fund to continue the successful training until at least 2020.

8 July 2019
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Cothroman air trèanadh ann an sgilean didseatach do ghnothachasan Earra-Ghàidheal is Bhòid

Gheibh gnothachasan ann an Earra-Ghàidheal is Bòd cothroman air trèanadh ann an sgilean didseatach agus comhairle bho eòlaichean mar thoradh air maoineachadh luach £48,000 bho Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Bheir Fosglan Gnothachais Earra-Ghàidheal is Bhòid 19 bùithtean-obrach DigitalBoost seachad agus suas ri 20 seisean bho eòlaichean far am bi iad a’ toirt comhairle seachad do ghnothachasan fa leth, agus tha sin mar phàirt de sgeama maoineachaidh nàiseanta gus trèanadh a lìbhrigeadh gu co-dhiù 2020.

8 July 2019
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A is for Adoption

Over the next few weeks we'll be publishing an A to Z of council services, focussing on a different letter each day, to show you some of the work that staff are doing behind the scenes. We're kicking off the process today with: A for Adoption Every child deserves the best start in life and that’s why the council and its partners are working hard to encourage more people to consider adoption. Lorraine Prentice is the council’s Practice Lead for adoption and fostering.

8 July 2019
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Oban and Mull projects to benefit from Town Centre Fund

Argyll and Bute Council can confirm that two projects in Oban and a third on Mull will benefit from a share of £1.2million from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund. The three projects in the Oban, Lorn and the Isles (OLI) area to benefit are the Rockfield Centre, Oban Town Centre interpretation signage, and the first phase of the Tobermory Harbour and Public Realm enhancements.

5 July 2019
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