Local News for Tuesday 26th March 2019


An outreach support project for island carers will begin again this summer, after its funding gap was closed by a donation of £3,000 from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (PST).

The Carers Trainers Project is run by Western Isles Community Care Forum – the umbrella organisation set up for voluntary care organisations – and the donation to the project also secures two jobs: a full-time post in Lewis and Harris and a part-time post in Uist and Barra.

Peggy Mackay, co-ordinator of the Western Isles Community Care Forum, said the grant from PST was “fantastic” and described the Carers Trainers Project as providing “emotional support” to carers, as well as being a signposting and training service.

Donald John MacSween, general manager of PST, said: “PST are especially pleased to support the Western Isles Community Care Forum and the vital work they do in helping to underpin the network of carers in the Western Isles.

“Care of the elderly and vulnerable should never be led by financial considerations, should always be available, and free, at the point of need.”


New tariff arrangements revealed by the UK Government recently could leave those exporting lamb severely out of pocket in the event of No Deal, says Isles MP Angus MacNeil.
The Department of International Trade announced plans for tariffs on imports to the UK. These included tariffs on sheep meat and beef.

Mr MacNeil said:
‘The tariffs outlined by the UK Government are very bad news for agriculture. The spin of UK "protection" actually means tariffs into the EU for UK agriculture.
‘Crofters in Na h-Eileanan an Iar are preparing for lambing in just a few weeks. The autumn lamb sales have a huge EU market and the future is now worrying and very uncertain’.
Reactions from the agricultural industry say the proposed tariffs could have a negative impact on UK exporters, in particular the sheep sector. They warn that the combination of tariffs and a no-deal Brexit could also mean an end to established supply chains which would cause disruption.