Freeports are able to attract outside investment by offering lucrative deals which other areas cannot do. It means the Freeports have a significant weakening effect on areas not within their sphere. Around the world Freeports are known for being tax havens, for laundering money and for ignoring workers rights.
Scotland’s Farmers Take Their Case To The Scottish Parliament
The farmers were joined by the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Mairi Gougeon MSP and about 40 MSPs including Orkney Constituency LibDem MSP Liam McArthur.
Delay in Installing Meters Continues to Affect Housebuilding
“. Given that demand for housing in our islands far outstrips supply, the need to find a solution could scarcely be more urgent.” Liam McArthur MSP
Unfairness of Orkney’s Energy Standing Charges
“The blame for the billions of pounds that consumers throughout the country will now have to pay back as a result falls squarely at the UK Government’s door for its failure to regulate the energy markets properly on behalf of consumers” Michael Matheson
Islands Funding: Fair or No Fair ?
The National Islands Plan “will see a total of £8.3 million invested in critical infrastructure projects.” John Swinney, Deputy First Minister of Scotland
Listening to the Concerns of Islanders: Islands Bond Cancelled
” It is directly because of the feedback from islanders that we are changing our approach.” Mairi Gougeon Rural Affairs and Islands Secretary, in the Scottish Government
Hoy: Carbon Neutral by 2040?
Hoy has been named as one of six islands which will be supported by the Scottish Government to be carbon neutral in 18 years time.
HIAL Urged to ‘listen to the people’ on Air Traffic Management
There are calls for an investigation into how HIAL handled the Remote Towers project and the spiralling costs it involved.
Staffing Issues Led to Loganair Cancelled Flights
Last week hundreds of flights were cancelled at UK airports due to high rates of staff sickness due to Covid.
Concerns Raised Over Orkney’s Red Cross House
Concerns had been raised locally about the potential closure of the guest house, which accommodates those from the isles who may be receiving hospital treatment or their relatives.