“£49.6 million for NHS Orkney.Orkney Islands Council will receive an additional £1.4 million.”
Scotland’s quality food and drink is 18% (£5.9billion) of all our international exports. Most of this – 74% – is from the Whisky sector (£4.4billion).
“This budget uses our powers in a progressive way in order to protect and invest in our public services – with a major boost for the NHS.”
The Scottish Greens reached agreement with Scottish Ministers on the Draft Scottish Budget.
“ If the Government continues to refuse to accept our proposals or even come up with fair alternatives, we cannot vote for this budget when it comes to Parliament on Thursday.”
“We are calling on the Government to take an honourable approach to fulfilling the will of the Scottish Parliament that we should receive fair and equitable funding for our inter-island ferry service.
Derek Mackay MSP, Finance Secretary in the Scottish Government has announced plans to deliver £580 million through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for as long as it applies to Scotland.
“Similar funding was secured in January for the current financial year after considerable lobbying by the Council – a major breakthrough for us.”
A round up of reactions across Scotland to the draft Scottish Budget
Here’s some of the main points. A full report will follow in later editions of The Orkney News.