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.
A hike in Council Tax and rises across many council services except those ring fenced by the Scottish Government has been agreed to by councillors in Orkney.
“We expect the service to be fully funded by the Government – a precedent set 12 months ago when full funding was awarded for the first time after years of campaigning by the Council.”
“Working people will be £1,600 worse off thanks to the Tories mishandling of Brexit, and the changes in this year’s Budget do nothing to alleviate the untold damage this will do.”
Today’s decision that Council Tax bills in Orkney should increase by 3% from April 1 will bring in an additional £221,000 in revenue for OIC.
Scotland’s emergency services had been the only territorial forces in the UK unable to reclaim VAT
“Fiddling around the ends does not fix the systemic failures of Universal Credit
The way people are being cared for in Scotland is changing and Orkney faces many challenges in response to this in the years ahead.