Ahead of her recent trip to Skye First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called for islanders to give their views on proposals that could see the devolution of additional powers to Scotland’s island councils and communities.
The consultation on provisions for a future Islands Bill launched last month by the Islands Minister Derek Mackay seeks views on a range of issues including:
a national Islands Plan;
dedicated councillors for all populated islands
a legal duty to island-proof legislation; and
constituency boundary protection for Na h-Eileanan an lar
The First Minister will use her visit to Skye to encourage island communities and other interested stakeholders to offer their views. Speaking ahead of opening the new Kilbeg Development and her first Sabhal Mòr Ostaig lecture where she will highlight the role Gaelic has to play in the economic and cultural future of Scotland’s islands.
Ms Sturgeon said:
“I made a commitment that this government would be open and transparent and that is the reason that I encourage everyone living in our island communities to think about what the future bill should look like.
“I know all too well that life on our islands can be very different compared to living on the mainland. Who better then to help influence this area of work than those who live, work and study there.
“Our islands have proud and vibrant traditions which have contributed to making Scotland the nation that it is. This consultation marks the next step in informing our work to ensure we can make our islands more prosperous and fairer in the future, and I would encourage everyone with an interest to respond.”
Link to consultation https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/islands-team/islands-bill-consultation