In the short term, a recent report by the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde, has shown some cause for optimism.
There has been a mixed response across the political spectrum to Kate Forbes’ Budget for Scotland.
“The passing of the budget means £82.7 million is coming the way of Orkney Islands Council, an additional £4.5 million on last year’s spending – an increase of 5.7%. The plans will provide the council with an increase in day-to-day revenue spending.”
Councillors decided that £89.4 million (£89,392,500) should be spent on running Council services in 2021 – 2022 and that savings of £476,600 should be found during the year ahead.
James Stockan, Leader of Orkney Islands Council, has voiced his frustration at digital connectivity in the islands and has criticised the Scottish Government on what he says will be delays to deliver the programme in 2021.
What is proposed in the Scottish Draft Budget 2021/2022 with links for further information
“As an independent country with our own currency we could create the money needed to support the people and the economy through any crisis.”
The Draft Scottish Budget presented by Kate Forbes, Finance Secretary in the Scottish Government has taken on board the issues of ferry fares in and to/from Orkney.
A roundup of views across the political spectrum.
In 1492 James IV made an alliance with France against England, with the WM budget imminent, I wondered if this poem would have appealed.