Published: Thursday, 05 June 2014 07:00
Fuel Poverty ‘Scandal’
Fuel poverty levels in the Western Isles are ‘a scandal’ says the islands’ MP, after a new report by Scotland’s Rural Collehe. The SRUC survey found that the highest level of fuel poverty is in the Western Isles, with 76% of people over the age of 60 in fuel poverty. A household is defined as being in fuel poverty if it needs to spend 10% or more of income on all fuel use in order to heat the dwelling to an acceptable standard. Angus MacNeil MP said: “Fuel poverty in an energy rich country like Scotland is an absolute scandal. The wind-chill factor is a major challenge in our islands, makes our islands feel far colder and means that our pensioners require more energy to heat their homes.”
Read more: Local News for Thursday 5th June 2014
Published: Friday, 30 May 2014 07:30
Grant to help buy Carloway
The Scottish Land Fund yesterday announced a grant of £207,500 to help fund the community land buyout of Carloway Estate. The funding was announced by First Minister, Alex Salmond, at Question Time. Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan called it “a very substantial boost for all those working hard to ensure that the people on Carloway Estate have control over their own land and future.” The award follows a ballot in favour of the buyout, in which 16 and 17-year-olds were allowed to vote for the first time.
Read more: Local News for Friday 30th May 2014