from January islanders will be able to enjoy a 20% year round discount on cabin fares on Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick routes, and benefit from a three year fares freeze for passengers, non-commercial vehicles and cabins on those routes.
From Sunday 1 September, books of 10, 20 or 50 vouchers can be used for up to 500 days from the date of purchase.
Local MSP Rhoda Grant, Labour has raised with the Scottish Government the issue of support for people with health concerns or mobility issues by allowing them to bring escorts on ferry trips free of charge .
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.
The 8 year contract is estimated to be worth around £370m.
The M.V Hjaltland and the M.V Hrossey are both to see an increase in 66 new sleeping pods as part of a £2million Scottish Government funded refit.
“it would be inappropriate for any MSP to break rules on this matter or to breach any process that needs to be followed in order to achieve it.”
The Islands Act means that all legislation must be Island Proofed to ensure that we on the islands are not adversely affected by it
“We want these passenger subsidies implemented as soon as possible but we need to be 100% sure that the scheme complies with state aid rules. “
“Unfortunately, not all the commercial operators have felt able to agree to our proposals. “