“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. “
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” This is a lifeline service and I am extremely pleased that the Government, of which I am a part, has delivered on its promise to my Island constituents.”
A great deal of work has been done on this issue by both island authorities and their leaders.
“As a parliament of minorities, we must work across the chamber to find compromise and consensus “
Council Leader James Stockan who has been instrumental in securing fair ferry funding has welcomed the announcement by Derek MacKay
“to treat this matter as a priority and to satisfactorily resolve it by the conclusion of the current consideration of the draft budget.”
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.
“our party has kept its election manifesto promise to islanders.”