The Voice of the Scottish National Party in the Western Isles
This site has lots of information for SNP members and supporters, but is also here for anyone who simply wants to know what their hard-working Westminster MP and Holyrood MSP, Angus MacNeil and Alasdair Allan, have been doing on their behalf.
MacNeil Calls for Increase to Rural Fuel Derogatiobn at Westminister Debate
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil has called on the UK Government to increase the rural fuel derogation.
Mr MacNeil who long campaigned for the rural fuel derogation which was eventually introduced in 2011, called again for an increase during a debate on fuel prices at Westminster.
Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said: “Our islands and rural areas pay more tax per litre and there is no doubt that the rural fuel derogation has helped ease the burden on motorists, but in general, we are still paying more tax per litre in the islands than anywhere in the UK.
Citizens Advice Direct Call-Handling Centre Stornoway
Following a meeting on Saturday with Flora Somerville (Unison), a staff representative from Citizens Advice Direct (CAD) Call-handling Centre, Stornoway, and local Councillor Gordon Murray,Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil is to table Parliamentary Questions to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to clarify the situation in terms of funding.
The news that the future of the Citizens Advice Direct Call-handling Centre in Stornoway is uncertain has caused alarm in the community. The uncertainty is due to the fact that the current CAD contract expires on 31st March 2015 and there has been no confirmation of a renewal of its contract from Citizens Advice Scotland, or terms of renewal for the Citizens Advice consumer Helpline. As a consequence, Advice Direct Scotland issued employees with redundancy notices on the 1st January 2015. The consequences of the loss of 27 jobs in an already economically-fragile Outer Hebrides are very serious.