Published in 2019 Scotland’s National Islands Plan was hailed as a game changer. Has it created the transformational changes required in central government and in public bodies that it was intended to do? What needs to improve?
“This funding will allow for the continuation of past measures made possible by the Fund such as electricity vouchers, provision of meals and supporting local food initiatives.” Councillor Maureen Chalmers, COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Spokesperson
The livestream went missing off Facebook the same morning that it went out. Today, 1st of October, it magically reappeared again. It is now recorded and on YouTube.
“I don’t know what someone found so offensive about a very short livestream which merely explained the difference between the Islands Forum and the Islands Act”
“While we want to see a transition from oil and LPG to other forms of heating this cannot happen overnight or without consultation, as seems to have happened here. |”
“For us here in Orkney and in the other two islands authorities, this document fails to deliver on the Islands Act. “
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on an Islands Bond. Now before I launch into my cynicism about the Bond I need to stress that I feel it is important that […]
“I hope that people will contribute to this consultation to make it as relevant and helpful as possible to each island.”
Letters:”Do the views and needs of Island communities carry any real weight with politicians and the public bodies who answer to them?”
“I guess it may seem strange to celebrate a day of strike action by workers providing a lifeline service, but in the case of the HIAL air traffic controllers I think that I am justified.”
“Any recommendations or polices should recognise that life is considerably different in each island group and that different age groups, too, have distinct experiences of island life.”