Local News for Thursday 5th July 2018

Probationer Wins National Award
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have given their congratulations to Teacherf Abigail Treffry on receiving her Certificate of Full Registration by GTC Scotland. She received her award from Chief Executive Ken Muir and Deputy First Minister John Swinney, at the National Probationer Event in Edinburgh.
Each Local Authority was asked to nominate a probationer teacher who was deemed to demonstrate outstanding practice, motivation and commitment. Ms Treffry was nominated by the Comhairle following completion of her probation year at Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath, in North Uist.

Customers Across Scotland Asked To Use Water Wisely
Scottish Water is asking customers to use water wisely in their daily activities to help maintain supplies during the current period of hot summer weather.
Following a sustained dry period without any significant rainfall, customer usage has increased significantly. With the current weather conditions forecast to continue, Scottish Water is encouraging people to take simple but important steps to conserve our public water supplies.
In some areas there has been a 30% increase in demand for water during the summer so far and an additional 140 million litres are currently being produced and pushed through the system every day to meet current customer usage.
Scottish Water has been monitoring the situation closely and managing supplies across the country, including deploying additional resources to move water between distribution areas and tankering water to supplement local networks.
Some water treatment works and distribution networks are working at near capacity to meet demand.
Average reservoir levels are generally normal for this time of year but the current level of usage and continuing dry weather means stocks of stored water available for use are reducing.
Customers are being asked to reduce usage wherever possible. Businesses are also being asked to consider their usage and how they can use water more efficiently. To help customers use water wisely, advice is available on our website www.scottishwater.co.uk/savewaterscotland or call our Customer Helpline on 0800 0778778. Businesses should speak to their licensed provider for advice.

Council Continues Macmillan Cancer Support Service Funding
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has agreed to continue funding for the Macmillan benefits uptake service for people with cancer and other long term conditions.
The Comhairle’s Policy and Resources Committee agreed to allocate £25,000 to match fund investment from Macmillan Cancer Support in the service. The Committee heard that the service has secured £3.2m in additional income for people with cancer living in the Western Isles since it started in 2010.
The service comprises one officer working four days each week who covers the whole of the Western Isles. Home visits are undertaken and support provided to secure additional resources and financial support for people with cancer and other long term conditions.
Leader of the Comhairle, Roddie Mackay, said: “I am delighted that our partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support has been of such enormous benefit to cancer suffers throughout the islands. This is a very worthwhile service which provides great benefit to people across the Islands and securing financial support means those affected can focus on what really matters at what can be a very difficult and challenging time.”
Macmillan’s Head of Services in Scotland, Janice Preston said: “Cancer can have a large and negative impact on someone’s finances. We know cancer patients very often experience a drop in income and increased costs as a result of their cancer diagnosis. Many of them will never have claimed benefits before and trying to navigate the system and fill in long complex forms while dealing with the physical and emotional problems cancer brings can be very difficult. That is why we are working in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to continue providing this much needed service for people affected by cancer on the Western Isles.”