Is­lands Bill sup­port

The Oban Times - - News -

LEAD­ERS of three is­land coun­cils have re-af­firmed their com­mit­ment to the pro­posed Is­lands Bill dur­ing a meet­ing with Humza Yousaf.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Is­lands Coun­cil and Shet­land Is­lands Coun­cil lead­ers met with the Minister for Trans­port and the Is­lands last Tues­day (July 11).

Mr Yousaf chaired a meet­ing of the Is­lands Strate­gic Group, which looks at is­sues fac­ing the in­hab­ited is­land com­mu­ni­ties of Scot­land and en­sures greater in­volve­ment of the rel­e­vant coun­cils in help­ing to find so­lu­tions.

Rod­die MacKay, leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said the meet­ing marked ‘pro­duc­tive po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment be­tween the coun­cils and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’.

‘We are com­mit­ted to fully util­is­ing our is­lands’ re­sources and to see the is­lands thrive and con­trib­ute to na­tional well­be­ing through­out the 21st cen­tury in Scot­land. The mea­sures in the Is­lands Bill un­der­pin this aim.

‘We would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the Is­lands Minister, Humza Yousaf, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, our is­land col­leagues and ev­ery­one who is con­tribut­ing to this his­toric, em­pow­er­ing and pro­gres­sive step for­ward in the fu­tures of is­land com­mu­ni­ties.’

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