Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 1st July 2020


Phase 2 of public bus services, begins in the Western Isles today. Moving to Phase 2 provides increased services, but capacity remains significantly limited, to allow for physical distancing. During this time, travel at peak times is still to be discouraged, unless travelling to and from work.

The services currently being provided for key workers, is now integrated with the new services. In order to manage safe numbers, passengers wishing to use the Phase 2 public bus services, will be required to book a seat for the majority of services.

Timetables and contact details for local bus operators, are available on the Comhairle website. Face coverings are now compulsory, on any form of public transport and passengers will only be permitted, to travel on public transport if they are wearing appropriate face covering.


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding tax credits customers, that they need to tell HMRC about any changes in their circumstances or income by 31 July.

Renewing tax credits online is quick and easy. Customers can log onto GOV.UK to checkthe progress of their renewal, be reassured that it’s being processed, and know when they will hear back from HMRC.

While most tax credit awards will be renewed automatically in 2020, the self-employed, those in receipt of taxable social security benefit, or those who have other income, may need to review their total household income and tell HMRC if the income held is incorrect by 31st July, or their payments will stop.



Sixty five people in the Point and Sandwick area are enjoying freshly cooked meals thanks to the Point and Sandwick Trust project, supported by the Scottish Governments Wellbeing Fund

Eleven volunteers are collecting freshly cooked meals from The Chief Cook Donald Smith, who has temporarily relocated his kitchen to the Old School in Knock, and delivering them to recipients throughout Point and Sandwick.

Co-ordinator of the wellbeing and befriending initiative, Sandra Macleod was very clear that the whole project wouldn’t be happening without the volunteers.”

11 volunteers delivering meals are: Dene Campbell, Tom Joyce, Grace Smith, Anna Mactaggart, Janette Ramsay, Graeme Macleod, Caron Buchanan, Peigi MacSween, Catherine Low, Jamie Martin and Maggie Mackenzie.

Volunteer Maggie Mackenzie commented “People say it’s something to look forward to and that it is nice to see a smiley face. They all say the food is amazing and everybody is just so thankful.



The Highlands and Islands Students’ Association (HISA) within the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).have launched a Gaelic Representation Project. To enhance the voice of Gaelic speakers and learners.
A spokesman said "We are really optimistic that this project will not only have some significant benefits for our students who study or speak Gaelic, but for Gaelic culture across the Highlands and Islands as a whole – it’s important that Highlands and Islands Student Association plays its role in the development and resurgence of Gaelic.



Young Caitie & Lily MacLeod, have raised almost £3,500 for Bethesda Hospice. The two sisters, aged eight and ten, tracked their virtual 300 mile walk, from their home in Ayrshire to Garrabost.
The sisters walked in their home area over 17 days, covering over 20 miles a day at times.
The girls have been planning to fundraise for Bethesda since 2017, in recognition of Bethesda, where their Granny Chrissie, received the best care through her illness.


Butt to Barra Charity Cycle Bethesda

Due to current restrictions the annual Butt to Barra Charity Cycle will also be a virtual challenge this year. The event in aid of Bethesda Hospice, will run from today 1st July until next Wednesday, the 8th July.
A team of 4 have been in training to clock up the miles, but other participants are welcome to devise a route around their home area to raise money for Bethesda, on the justgiving page VirtualB2B2020