“Making sure our ferry services support our island and remote rural communities remains at the heart of this exercise. “
“The Scottish Government is not able to print more money out of fresh air and does not have access to a “Money Tree”. “
“Public transport is a strategic national issue and should be treated as such.”
Orkney is to receive £67.615 million for 2018-2019 from the Scottish Government to run its services.
“There is still time to achieve it in this budget.”
Like all budgets there are positives and negatives but the clue is in the word DRAFT.
There has been a bit of a stooshie this last week over the funding of Orkney’s internal ferry fleet with grandstanding from political parties on all sides.
“I strongly believe that our local elected representatives cannot fail to support our case when the budget is presented by the Scottish Government.”
I welcome the Minister’s announcement that there will be a significant reduction in fares on all routes”
The additional work will focus on whether the direct award of a contract would comply with the complex regulations governing state aid, whilst also satisfying the so called “Teckal exemption”.