Provided £4m in funding to improve the islands’ infrastructure

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The Scottish Government will give Island Councils £4m to improve infrastructure.

The money will be allocated to the island’s six local authorities to fund locally developed projects.

Rural Affairs and Islands Minister Mairi Gougeon said the money would come from the already agreed £30million National Islands Plan infrastructure investment fund.

“I am making £4million available to the island’s six local authorities, which will enable us to work together to support important projects and help make our islands even better places to live, study, work and raise a family .

“This funding will be complemented by ongoing planned investments aimed at supporting residents of the Scottish islands and involving communities in decisions about how and where to invest.

“The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on our islands. The many challenges that communities have faced have been diverse, and as such, I am committed to implementing the National Islands Plan in partnership with our island partners.

“I know that by working together, we can maximize the impact of our investments and support good, solid projects that help islanders thrive.”

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