Archive for March 9th, 2017

Orkney and Shetland call again for fairer funding for inter-island transport

Following yesterday’s announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of an additional £350 million of funding for Scotland, the leaders of Shetland and Orkney Islands Councils have written to the Scottish Government repeating their calls for further support for inter-island transport. Gary Robinson, leader of Shetland Islands Council, said:  “The Scottish Government has already given […]

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Councillors agree new leadership structure

The way in which the OIC is led is set to change in the next council term after councillors today backed – at Full Council level – an earlier recommendation to create posts of a “political” leader of the council, and a civic head. The post of depute head will also be created, as councillors […]

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Orkney Research Campus project awarded £500,000

A project to create a research and innovation campus in Stromness has been award £500,000 from the Scottish Government and COSLA. The money comes from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), which supports projects in disadvantaged areas “that engage and involve local communities”. The £6.5m Orkney Research Campus is an Orkney Islands Council/Highlands and Islands […]

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“Out-of-touch” budget will hit the self-employed, says Carmichael

The Government’s “out-of-touch” budget could see the self-employed in Orkney paying more tax, according to Alistair Carmichael. The Northern Isles MP said that changes in National Insurance could see 2,600 people in the Northern Isles – and 4.8 million people across the country – paying more tax. The chancellor announced that the rise in NI […]

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Don’t miss out on unclaimed benefits

ADVERTORIAL Many losing out financially, says Citizens Advice Bureau The Scottish Citizens Advice service says many Scots are losing out financially by not claiming benefits that they are entitled to. The CAB service is offering a free phone number (0800 085 7145), which is running for a two week period to help citizens understand what […]

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