RET issue will not go away declare Comhairle

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The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has said the RET issue is too important to be treated as a party political football.

Following a heated debate between the political parties at the Scottish Parliament yesterday (Thursday) on the withdrawal of RET for commercial vehicles, Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said:“Everybody in the Western Isles welcomed RET when it was brought in and everybody will be affected if it is withdrawn for commercial vehicles.

“Prices across the range will go up and at the meeting we had with the Outer Hebrides Transport Group (OHTG) last week an example was given of a young couple trying to build a house in the Islands facing an increase in price of £5,000 if the Scottish Government’s proposals go ahead.

“I and my colleagues are disappointed that there was no positive outcome from today’s debate. I must also re-iterate that the suggested 50% deferall for one year does little to address the fundamental issue of damage to our very fragile economy.

“As the OHTG has stressed, this issue will not go away. This is too important an issue to be treated as a party political football and I would ask that all political representatives should put the Islands first. We must work together to persuade the Scottish Government to alter its position – and soon.”