Churchs seeks advice on ADS

The Western Isles Presbytery of the Free Church has decided yesterday to write to Western Isles MSP, Dr Alasdair Allan, seeking clarification on the Scottish Government’s decision that ‘business travel’ will no longer qualify for the Air Discount Scheme (ADS), which provides a 40% discount on core air fares.

The issue was raised at the Presbsyery’s meeting in Stornoway by the Rev Donald Macdonald of Kinloch Free Church.

He felt they should make representations to the MSP to enquire if the business exclusion applied to ministers attending committee meetings in Inverness or Edinburgh.

The Air Discount Scheme is a mechanism designed to deliver lower air fares for the residents of Scotland’s remotest communities whose main residence (including students studying away from home) is in the Western Isles, Orkney Isles, Shetland Isles, Colonsay, Islay and Jura, Caithness and North West Sutherland.

The Presbytery appointed a committee of three to draw up a report in response to the consultation document produced by the Western Isles Council entitled ‘Policy on Religious Observance in Eilean Siar Schools.’ The three members of Presbytery appointed were Mr Mudro Macleod of Crossbost (Covener), a former Director of Education with the Council: Mr Iain Mackinnon of Back: and the Rev Dr Iain D Campell of Point. Their report will come before the December meeting of the Presbytery.