Scottish Islands Bill announced
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IHBC members working in Scotland and those who took the opportunity to visit Orkney with the Annual School will be interested to learn that on 23 August 2016, the Scottish Government announced that new legislation, which is aiming to address the needs of island communities will be progressed, with an islands bill being brought forward.
The Scottish Government wrote:
Legislation to empower Scotland’s island communities is to be progressed, Islands Minister Humza Yousaf announced today. The proposed Islands Bill will be shaped by the findings from the recent consultation and will be brought forward during the next 12 months – within the first year of the new parliamentary session.
Speaking from the Western Isles where he was meeting local producers and community representatives, Mr Yousaf said: ‘Our islands make a significant contribution to Scottish life from both a cultural and economic perspective. As such, I am immensely proud to be able to announce that I am bringing forward an Islands Bill less than a year after my predecessor launched the Government’s consultation on potential provisions. We have placed the aspirations and needs of our island communities at the centre of our empowerment agenda. Drawing on the work of both the Island Areas Ministerial Working Group and the consultation findings, the Bill will provide lasting benefits for all our island communities for generations to come.
‘I believe that this demonstrates our strong and continued support for our island communities and our desire to deliver quickly on the election promises set out in our manifesto. I now look forward to working with the various island communities and representatives in bringing this into effect over the next year.’
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 External references
- Scottish Government - http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Empowering-our-islands-2945.aspx
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