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Scottish Government Home Energy Supply Chain Open Day
The Scottish Government intends to procure a contract for the delivery of a new national scheme due to go live in 2015, as part of its wider fuel poverty programme. A Prior Information Notice has been published.
The new scheme will be worth at least £16m per year for a minimum of five years and will be centred around the installation of insulation, heating and micro-generation measures in the homes of households who are deemed to be in fuel poverty (i.e. having to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel bills). The Scottish Government intends to appoint a Scotland-wide Managing Agent for the Scheme who will be responsible for identifying the measures which are suitable for the dwelling, carrying out a technical survey, installing the measures, arranging a post-installation inspection and arranging billing.
The Scottish Government expects that the Managing Agent will appoint subcontractors to provide surveys, installations, inspections and other specialist services. In addition, the Scottish Government will continue to offer to customers a wrap-around advice and support service through which referrals to the Managing Agent will be made. The Scottish Government also plans to procure a separate contract to conduct independent inspection and audit services on our behalf to ensure that the services provided by the Managing Agent are delivered to an appropriate standard.
For more information about the Scottish Government’s current programmes to improve energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty see Greener Scotland: Warm Homes.
As part of the procurement process, the Scottish Government is holding an Open Day to allow us to consult with potential bidders and others who may be part of the supply chain of the new scheme. This Open Day will be held in the Perth Concert Hall, Perth on Tuesday 17 June. If you would like to register an interest in attending the Open Day, please complete the form below. If you are unable to attend but would be interested in receiving further information, please still get in touch.
If you are unable to attend the event in person but would like to watch via a live webstream, pleaseregister for the event and tick the ‘View via webstream’ box. A link to the webstream will then be sent to your registered email address the day before the event.
Success of Fife Science Festival
This year’s Fife Science Festival has been hailed a ‘showstopping success’, after audience figures showed a 200% + increase in visitors compared to last year!
The event, which took place throughout the Kingdom in March 2014, explored science through a host of events, activities and exhibitions within a total of 29 venues. Over 14,000 visitors flocked to the 32 different events, a 219% increase on the 2013 event.
Organisations wishing to take part in next year’s festival will be able to submit their event proposals from the end of July onwards.
The festival, which is coordinated by Dundee Science Centre, highlighted the sheer fun, fascination and intrigue of everything from rockets and robots to WW1 communications, astronomy, crystals, forensics and creepy crawlies. With 25% more events held this year compared to last, the festival involved 35 partner organisations, including museums, shopping centres and universities, not to mention a coffee shop, castle and cathedral!
Funded by The Scottish Government and Fife Cultural Trust, the festival involved a diverse range of free events for the general public and both primary and secondary schools, all coordinated by Dundee Science Centre and Fife Cultural Trust.
After receiving a record number of event proposals, Dundee Science Centre is currently in the process of creating a packed, varied and exciting programme for Dundee Science Festival, which will run from Saturday 1 through to Sunday 16 November 2014.
Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Community Engagement Manager, Dundee Science said, “We are absolutely thrilled at the success of this year’s Fife Science Festival which incorporated a cracking line-up of activities, events and exhibitions. With a number of new partners involved, it was great to bring the festival experience into new areas of Fife, as well as branching into new venues. With our focus currently shifting to Dundee Science Festival, we will look forward to returning to Fife next Spring with, undoubtedly, another amazing festival full of fun, surprises and intrigue!”
The Politics of Infectious Disease
The Politics of Infectious Disease: Who Should Bear the Costs?
Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce Events
Infectious disease is bad news for everybody; fast-moving illnesses like foot and mouth disease leave little time for politics to take a grip but slow-moving diseases such as ash dieback or bovine tuberculosis are a different matter. What are the social and economic implications of these infections, and who should carry the costs? This will be the subject of the 2014 Science for Life Lecture, to be offered by Professor Ian Lamont Boyd, FSB, FRSE and Chief Scientific Adviser to Defra.
The Science for Life Lecture is a prestigious annual lecture organised in rotation by the James Hutton Institute, the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, the Moredun Institute, and Scotland’s Rural College, the Main Research Providers who undertake research sponsored by the Scottish Government.
Professor Boyd said of his upcoming lecture: “There is a need for better methods to deal with this problem. I will illustrate this with the case of bovine tuberculosis management in the UK. This is a disease that is currently uncontrolled and is having an increasing economic and social impact.”
The Lecture will take place at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, on 30 May 2014, from 10am-2pm. Attendees at this year’s lecture will also have the opportunity to hear from the winners of the Annual Inter-Institute Student Competition. Attendance at the lecture is free but places should be booked in advance by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0844 928 5428.
Commonwealth Ceilidh Dundee
Friday 27 June, City Square, Free
New Brechin property for sale
A stunning new showhome has been unveiled at Stephen’s development in Brechin.
The four bedroom ‘Glen Truim’ bungalow incorporates Stephen’s new style dedicated marketing suite which showcases the range of properties available within the Bearehill site
The fully-furnished showhome comprises four bedrooms, a spacious and contemporary kitchen incorporating open-plan dining room and living space, and a separate lounge. With its interior designed by Stirling-based Envision, the result is spectacular and is Stephen’s first Envision-designed bungalow showhome in two years. Meanwhile, heading outside, landscaping features are being specially created for this stunning home to highlight the terraced garden areas.
Sheila Sutherland, Sales Manager commented, “We really are thrilled at what Envision have created and are looking forward to welcoming viewers inside, and to hear more about the site.”
The showhome and its built-in marketing suite, which is being rolled out across several sites after its success within the company’s developments in Scone and Dunfermline, is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 1pm until 5pm.
The new homes will be more affordable to many thanks to the national ‘Help to Buy (Scotland)’ initiative, which will see the Scottish Government provide help to eligible buyers of up to 20% of the purchase price of a new build home from Stephen. An eligible buyer will be expected to contribute a5% deposit and secure a 75% mortgage to purchase under this scheme. The Government initiative applies to all homes worth up to £400,000.
Set in the Royal Burgh of Brechin, Bearehill provides a choice of superbly crafted two and three bedroom bungalows and two, three and four bedroom family homes at exceptional value. Bearehill is well placed to enjoy the many local amenities and yet only 40 miles from Aberdeen and 30 from Dundee.
The Angus countryside has a great deal to offer, including spectacular scenery spanning to Royal Deeside in the north and through Glen Clova to the west. The royal burgh of Brechin is a busy and prosperous market town offering an excellent range of independent shops.
Prices at Bearehill range from £198,750 for the two bedroom Glen Clunie semi-detached bungalow (including garage), to £440,000 for the five bedroom Glen Cassley.
For more information, please telephone 01738 620721, email email@example.com or visit www.stephen.co.uk.
New book Moving On advocates independent currency for Scotland
IN March 2016, the Scots may be electing their first sovereign Parliament since 1707.
An early priority would be to decide upon the country’s Monetary Policy, principally the national currency and the nature of its banking system.
Until that time, Scotland will continue to use Sterling irrespective of the composition of that new government or the agreement of Westminster.
Launching on Wednesday, March 5 2014 at a YES Campaign meeting in Helensburgh, ‘Moving On’ is a new book advocating an independent currency for Scotland.
The co-authors, a successful businessperson and a senior trade unionist combine to argue against the present neo-liberal economic dogma and its close association with what it considers to be shadowy financial markets.
‘Moving On’ is equally critical of democratically-elected governments which – in its view – cave in to lobbyists, bankers and financial engineers representing the City of London. Instead, the book offers a completely fresh constitutional formula isolating the currency from vested and political self-interest.
Part Two sets out the brave and lonely case for change. Unusually, this is done in a remarkably realistic context – that of Scotland regaining its independence and setting about a 21st-century Enlightenment, reminiscent of that pioneering Scotsman, Adam Smith, rather than his countryman, James Paterson, who founded the Bank of England over 80 years previously. The comparison holds good today, that of the philosopher and social reformer, Adam Smith, and the alleged self-interest and short-term opportunism of Paterson.
‘Moving On’ represents the first book to detail a practical and more exciting option to the present financial regime. That is sorely needed and as Dennis Canavan writes in the Foreword, will contribute significantly to that debate.
The book will be available from Amazon from March 5 2014.
IKEA showhome in Perthshire has opened its doors to viewers
The first fully designed IKEA showhome in Perthshire has opened its doors to viewers.
Perth-based housebuilder Stephen is unveiling its brand new IKEA show apartment at Balgarvie Mill in Scone, the first time that the Swedish furniture giant has designed a show home in the area.
As well as being designed and fully furnished by IKEA, the ground floor, two bedroom apartment features everything from IKEA rugs, lamps, vases and bedding to photo frames, mirrors, bins, wall art and dinnerware, not forgetting the finer detail of a chopping board, cutlery, tea towels, mugs, ironing board, towels and even a rolling pin!
Working to a clean and simple palette of white against a backdrop of primary colours, the IKEA apartment is sure to appeal to any buyer and complement their existing homeware.
Tom Buchanan, Marketing Manager, Stephen said, “As part of our aim to open up the new homes market, we have decided to make the process as simple and accessible as possible by teaming up with IKEA to create a fantastic design package. IKEA, who are synonymous with innovative and open-plan contemporary living, have made a huge impact on the UK marketplace and have created an exclusive pack for Stephen, creating a finished and highly impressive home for either a first-time buyer or those moving onto something new. Put simply, the apartment contains everything buyers could possibly want, removing the financial burden and stress of furnishing and completing their new home.”
Meanwhile, Janie Bisset, Sales Manager at IKEA Edinburgh, commented, “We’re really excited to be working with Perthshire’s leading home builder to provide fully furnished homes in Scotland.
“At IKEA, our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people and this idea is at the heart of everything we do. Our range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products will work really well in the apartment at Balgarvie Mill and we’re pleased that IKEA can help offer some beautiful homes to first time buyers in Perthshire.”
Furthermore, with the new Help to Buy (Scotland) initiative, buyers could secure the £159,950 apartment with as little as a 5% deposit (£7,997). The scheme provides an interest-free loan to those buying any home up to the cost of £400,000, provided it is their only residence and they do not own another home. The Scottish Government funds up to 20% of the purchase price of one of our IKEA apartments with the buyer contributing only 75% i.e. a £120,000 mortgage
The new IKEA apartment is available to view from Thursdays until Mondays, from 1pm until 5pm. To view outwith these hours, or for further information, please telephone Stephen’s Sales Office on (01738) 620721, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stephen.co.uk.
For finer detail on the new Scottish Government scheme, please visit www.scotland.gov.uk/housing/
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MSP addresses Dundee pupils
During thursdays Enterprise, Training and Jobsfair Angela Constance MSP Scottish minister for Youth Employment took the time to address and audience of Dundee school pupils. Dundee Channel recorded the address in full.
The Dundee Channel News 02-11-12
A round up of local issues affecting the Dundee Area
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