Local News for Wednesday 15th August 2018

LABOUR PARTY CONCERNS ABOUT FERRY
The Labour Party in the Western Isles has called for an urgent statement from the Scottish Transport Minister on the crisis affecting Hebridean ferry routes.
The party’s prospective Parliamentary candidate, Alison MacCorquodale, said that last Wednesday’s breakdown of the ‘Loch Seaforth’ was “yet another warning sign that must not be ignored”.
She also called for full transparency on the terms of the SNP Government’s private finance deal which means that the ‘Loch Seaforth’ is owned by Lloyd’s Bank – the first ever CalMac ferry to be funded in this way. Ms MacCorquodale said: “It was this private funding model which drove the single ferry option for the Stornoway-Ullapool crossing against local wishes. Where does responsibility lie if the ‘Loch Seaforth’s’ problems recur or if she has to be withdrawn from service?

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Local News for Tuesday 14th August 2018

COMMUNITY LAND SCOTLAND EVENTS CONTINUE
A week-long programme of events across Scotland, coordinated by Community Land Scotland (CLS) in partnership with the Scottish Government with activities and events running across the country is ongoing and runs until 19th August.
Showcasing projects in the Western Isles, community landowners are hosting a variety of tourism and heritage events and renewable energy project visits which will allow people to see more of what happens on community owned land.

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Local News for Monday 13th August 2018

HIAL ACCUSED OF WASTING £18,000 ON CENTRALISATION STUDY
Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie has accused Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL), the Scottish Government owned agency charged with running remote, rural and island airports, of wasting over £18,000 of public money on a study into proposals to centralise its air traffic control system.
Research by Mr Finnie has revealed that HIAL spent £18,602 on a ‘scoping study from EKOS setting out why Inverness should be the preferred location for proposed Remote Towers Control Centre.’

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Local News for Friday 10th August 2018

EILEAN SIAR 2018 SQA RESULTS
2018 Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) data, indicates that percentages in Eilean Siar achieving National 5 are higher than the national figure.

83.39% achieved National 5 in Eilean Siar, whereas the national pass rate was 77.40%. This also represents an improvement of 1% in pass rates in Eilean Siar compared to 2017.

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Local News for Thursday 9th August 2018

CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND SEN REPORT
Citizens Advice Scotland (C.A.S) this week published their latest report ‘Pylons, Pipes and People: Energy networks in Scotland and their changing role with consumers’.
Publishing the report, CAS energy spokesman Jamie Stewart said,
‘This research highlights the fact that the two Scottish electricity DNOs (Distribution Network Operators) are lagging behind in terms of their support for vulnerable consumers.
‘Each year, the energy regulator Ofgem ranks the electricity distribution companies across the Country according to their support for vulnerable consumers, In 2016-17 the Scottish electricity distribution companies were at the bottom of the table.

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