“It is only by voting SNP on 6th May that we can truly protect our island communities, address the specific challenges they face and secure a strong recovery for all of Scotland.”
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OIC has had ‘plenty of opportunity to put forward their own views on the matter of easing restrictions.’
“In their meetings with OIC and the other island authorities, ministers made clear the need to engage directly with communities as well as with local authorities.”
In Orkney in 2019/20 only £20 was spent per head of population, the lowest for any Health Board in Scotland. In comparison in The Western Isles £156 per head was spent.
” The investment through this enhanced deal opens up a range of opportunities for growth that otherwise would not have been possible, of vital importance given these ongoing challenging times. “
Cerrejon is the largest open coal mine in South America and has ‘seriously damaged the environment and health of the country’s largest indigenous community, and is making them more vulnerable to COVID-19’, states a report for the United Nations.
“The HIAL Board includes no representation from island communities, and it’s clear to me from their decisions and tone to date that they just don’t get it.” Steve Sankey
“If this is the best that the UK system can deliver in terms of protecting consumers in the off-gas grid areas of the north of Scotland then I feel that energy policy needs to be controlled much closer to where the real issues are. “
” it is environmentally unsound to instigate a stone supply chain that will increase our carbon footprint.”
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.