Local News for Thursday 12th July
Leanne Fund Founder From Stornoway Honoured With British Citizen Award
Chrisetta Mitchell from Stornoway lost her daughter, Leanne at the age of 21 to Cystic Fibrosis (CF) 9 years ago. Together with her husband William, she set up The Leanne Fund, to provide support to CF sufferers and their families across the Highlands and Islands, because throughout Leanne’s illness, no such support had been available to them. Living with CF impacts daily on the lives of sufferers and their families, now for her work to help those affected by the illness Chrisetta has been recognised nationally with a British Citizen Award for Volunteering.
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Local News for Wednesday 11th July 2018
Islands Bill becomes law
The Islands Bill has received Royal Assent and become an Act of the Scottish Parliament. The Queen has added her signature to the Bill, marking the moment that it became part of the legislation in force in Scotland. This has been hailed as a landmark achievement for the councils in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.
The Bill was a key aim of the Our Islands Our Future campaign led by the three local authorities, which are working together to secure more decision making at a local level and greater economic prosperity for their communities.
It paves the way for measures that allow a further devolution of powers for island communities. It will also enable the 'island proofing' of existing as well as future policies and legislation, ensuring that these take into account the special circumstances of island communities - and do not disadvantage people living and working in the islands.
Roddie Mackay, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said:
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