Island Leaders welcome commitment to island ‘proofing’

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Island Leaders have welcomed the UK Government’s commitment to Island ‘proofing’ – the concept that legislation should not work to the detriment of the particular circumstances of island communities.

The issue was high on the agenda for the recent Edinburgh meeting of the Island Councils and the Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, as part of the ongoing Our Islands Our future campaign.

Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: “We urged upon the Secretary of State for Scotland that the forthcoming Spending Review was an opportunity for the Government to demonstrate its commitment to island proofing by bringing in measures which would allow renewable energy in the Islands to develop, leading to reduced fuel prices and a reduction in fuel poverty.

“These measures would include sufficient budgetary provision to allow a ‘Remote Island Wind Contract for Difference’ to be put in place.

“That support would allow these critical renewable energy proposals to proceed, allowing an unprecedented level of investment to happen and allowing the islands to capture the transformational opportunity that the renewable energy sector offers us.

“We continue to press for the devolution of the crown estate powers, included in the Smith Commission recommendations, to island communities.”