Local News for Thursday 9th August 2018

CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND SEN REPORT
Citizens Advice Scotland (C.A.S) this week published their latest report ‘Pylons, Pipes and People: Energy networks in Scotland and their changing role with consumers’.
Publishing the report, CAS energy spokesman Jamie Stewart said,
‘This research highlights the fact that the two Scottish electricity DNOs (Distribution Network Operators) are lagging behind in terms of their support for vulnerable consumers.
‘Each year, the energy regulator Ofgem ranks the electricity distribution companies across the Country according to their support for vulnerable consumers, In 2016-17 the Scottish electricity distribution companies were at the bottom of the table.

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Local News for Wednesday 8th August 2018

USA TRADE DEAL RISKS PROTECTED STATUS
The SNP has warned that the Tories are preparing to sell out over protections for top Scottish produce, risking the countries global reputation for quality food and drink to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with Donald Trump.

The EU Protected Food Name scheme safeguards produce on the basis of geographical status or traditional recipe or method. It gives legal protection against imitation and ensures that premium products are not undermined. There are 14 Protected Food Names in Scotland.

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Local News for Tuesday 7th August 2018

Stornoway Crofters to Bid in Wind Turbine Auction
The four crofting townships campaigning for the right to develop community-owned wind farms in Stornoway have announced their intention to bid in the Contract for Differences (CfD) auction in May.
The four townships which will be bidding are Sandwick North Street, Sandwick East Street, Melbost & Branahuie and Aignish – which have all lodged Section 50b applications with the Crofting Commission for permission to go ahead with the developments on their common grazings.

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Local News for Monday 6th August 2018

‘Stormy Seas’ Over Lifeline Ferry Services.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant who has been fighting on behalf of the Communities and Businesses of the Western and Argyll Isles to get the Scottish Government and its fully owned companies, Calmac and CMAL, to provide the lifeline service that it is supposed to be providing.
Rhoda Grant MSP said, " I warned of a Summer of Discontent and now it is here. We have seen a complete disregard for the communities of the Western Isles and a fudging of the term lifeline service.

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Local News for Friday 3rd August 2018

Positive Review of Services for Older People
A Care Inspectorate progress review of services for older people in the Western Isles, undertaken in May 2018, indicated that the partnership had delivered “an impressive amount of improvement” since the inspection team last visited in 2015. In particular, the report highlights the benefits of a modernised homecare service, the introduction of a more coordinated approach to managing discharge from hospital and more robust community engagement structures.
The original joint inspection (in June 2015) had identified some strengths in the delivery of services for older people in the Western Isles but had also identified a number of weaknesses and twelve recommendations for improvement were made. Following the inspection, the partnership drew up a detailed action plan to deliver the required improvements and has subsequently monitored its implementation.

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