“For me, women and children have been at the centre of so many of the developments of the past couple of weeks.”
Maree Todd MSP: ‘a budget that protects vital local services and supports our economy.”
“The passing of the budget means £82.7 million is coming the way of Orkney Islands Council, an additional £4.5 million on last year’s spending – an increase of 5.7%. The plans will provide the council with an increase in day-to-day revenue spending.”
Maree Todd MSP: Ensuring a ‘green recovery’
“At a national level, a green recovery is at the heart of successive Scottish Government policy publications, including the 2020-21 Programme for Government and the Climate Change Plan update.”
Additional Funding for Councils But Is It Enough ?
“The local government settlement will help to fund those vital public services that are much valued and needed. “
Welcome Budget News For Ferries in Orkney
The Draft Scottish Budget presented by Kate Forbes, Finance Secretary in the Scottish Government has taken on board the issues of ferry fares in and to/from Orkney.
Maree Todd MSP ‘unveiling a roadmap to a referendum’
“With the SNP unveiling a roadmap to a referendum that is beyond legal challenge, we now have a clearer picture of how a vote on whether Scotland should be an independent country can be held once the pandemic is over.”
Threat to GM Free Farming in Scotland
“The harsh realities of the Tories’ Power Grab Bill are coming home to roost now, with Boris Johnson’s government threatening to impose GM crops on Scotland – despite a ban.”
Maree Todd MSP: “adhering to the rules is critical”
“In my first column of 2021, I wish all Orkney News readers a happy new year – and in particular all pupils, teachers and parents as remote learning starts this week.”
Seafood Exporters Facing Disastrous Delays to EU Markets
Industry experts such as the Communities Inshore Fisheries Alliance have described the current situation as ‘unacceptable’ and a threat to the livelihoods of those working in the fishing industry and its supply chains.
Outstanding Success of Scotland’s Baby Box
93% of parents are taking up the opportunity of getting a Baby Box for their child.