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The Minimum Income Standard for Remote Rural Scotland report calculates how much it costs for people to live at a minimum acceptable standard in remote rural Scotland. It builds on research elsewhere in the UK on the Minimum Income Standard (MIS), which is based on the minimum budgets required by various types of household.
The research considered living costs in remote rural Scotland in the context of the fragility and sustainability of local communities, and the desirability of pensioners, working-age adults and families with children, on a range of incomes, to be able to live satisfactory lives there. The study investigated what people in these communities consider to be an acceptable living standard, in terms of meeting material needs as well as being able to participate in society.
The 2016 policy update report shows the gap between rural and urban areas has reduced slightly, from between 10% and 40%, since the previous report in 2013.
The 2013 reports are available here for reference.
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HIE Business Panel survey - December 2016
This report presents the findings from a HIE Business Panel survey carried out in July and August 2016. The survey covered a number of topics of general interest to businesses, including economic optimism and business performance, prospects and risks, and past and future business investment. The survey also sought to capture initial reactions of businesses following the EU referendum.
Entrepreneurship Support Programme 2013-16 evaluation
Community-led development evaluation
In December 2014, ekosgen was commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to undertake the first stage of a baselining study for the Sustainable tourism and Food and drink sectors.
This report presents the findings of the Argyll and Bute Transport Connectivity and Economy Research.
Impact Analysis of Sullom Voe Terminal
This review was commissioned to assess: the effects on companies of locating within Scotland’s Enterprise Areas (EAs); the benefits to agency stakeholders of having designated EAs to promote to businesses; and the impact of EA incentives in influencing company investment decisions.
The unemployment digests provide the most up-to-date information on unemployment in the Highlands and Islands area.
Skye Air Services Study 2016