Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Monday 4th May 2020


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Trading Standards, and Police Scotland have issued a warning to local businesses, about a new scam that has come to light, regarding business grants during the Covid-19 crises.
This scam involves an unsolicited email, claiming to be from the local authority, informing the business that they have been successful, in their Covid business grant application. The email indicates a link to authorise details of the nominated bank account of the business, to allow payment to be processed. Trading Standards are warning, that if detailed information about the business is provided, this could then be used, for fraudulent purposes.

A spokesperson for Trading Standards states “At a time when many businesses are struggling and really need to make use of the business grants available, we can rely on the unscrupulous scammers to step in and attempt to make a bad situation even worse. We urge all businesses to check emails received very carefully, and if it is from a source not known to you, do not respond.”
To check validity of emails regarding business grants Business Gateway can be contacted on 01851 822775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The SNP Group at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are ensuring the issue, of using crofts for care home charges, is top of the agenda at next week's first ever virtual meeting of the full council.

The SNP Group are putting forward an amendment, which would safeguard the future of crofting in the Outer Hebrides. And urging communities to contact their own councillor to support the SNP amendment.
The Comhairle's recommendations for approval at next week's meeting, state that the Comhairle could enforce payment of care charges against croft property. To date the Comhairle has not sought to enforce payment of care but next week's recommendation could allow this to happen.



Dedicated nursing students have joined NHS Western Isles nursing teams, to help the local health service in the fight against coronavirus.

A total of 18 student nurses from the Department of Nursing and Midwifery (University of the Highlands and Islands) have been welcomed by NHS Western Isles over the past few weeks. The nurses are all ready to help NHS Western Isles, manage during potentially challenging times, and are working in a variety of areas.

The students are contracted by NHS Western Isles as Band 4 Students and will continue to complete assessments whilst on placement, preparing them to qualify as Registered Nurses in September.



Two men have been arrested in connection with a serious assault in Stornoway. It follows an incident in the town’s Seaforth Road, around 2am last Thursday morning. An 18-year-old male sustained serious, but not life threatening injuries.
Police Scotland said two males, aged 19 years and 21 years, have been charged in relation to the incident. They are due to appear at court at a later date.



Two charities are set to benefit from the goodwill of fourteen NHS Western Isles staff, who despite the lockdown, are taking on an impressive challenge to raise funds.

Staff from the NHS Western Isles Radiology Department are raising money for the Charities: Crossroads Lewis and the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

The aim is for each member of the department to walk the equivalent of a 26 mile marathon in their lunch hour, over the course of a month, wearing a lead apron. This equates to 1408 lengths of the x-ray corridor each. Lead aprons weigh approximately eight kilograms but can vary with size.

NHS Western Isles Radiographer, Ciara Mackenzie, said: “We were inspired by the ‘2.6 challenge’ that was created after the London Marathon was cancelled. The public were encouraged to do some fundraising starting on the 26th April (day the marathon should have been), incorporating the number 2.6 or 26 into it (26 miles in a marathon). A total of 12 marathons should be completed between all the staff, by the end of May!