Local News for Tuesday 9th April 2019


An Election for two Directors from Barra and one Director from Uist to serve on the Western Isles Development Trust is being undertaken on behalf of the Trust by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Election Team. Nomination Forms are available from the Western Isles Development Trust website or obtained by request by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or from these offices:-
Barra Council Offices, Castlebay, Isle of Barra, HS9 5XD Telephone number 01871 810431 and Balivanich Council Offices, Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula, HS7 5LA, Telephone number 01870 602425
To be eligible to serve as a Director an individual must be ordinarily resident in the area to which they are seeking election.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is 2.00pm on Thursday 25 April 2019


Scottish Government First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Jeane Freeman recently announced the extension of free personal care to people of all ages who are assessed as requiring it.
The expansion of free personal care – which was previously only available to those aged over 65 - came into force on April 1 2019.
The expansion means that anyone who is assessed by their local authority as requiring personal care will receive it free of charge, regardless of their age, condition, capital or income.
Nicola Sturgeon said:
“I’m very pleased that this legislation is now coming into effect, ensuring that all those who require personal care are able to access it free of charge, regardless of their age, condition or income.
“This change will help thousands of people across Scotland receive the support that they are entitled to without being impacted financially”.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:
‘For the first time everyone under the aged of 65 who is assessed as requiring personal care will receive it for free.
‘To ensure this is delivered we’ve backed this with £30 million of new funding to local authorities across Scotland. This is a step change in the provision in personal care in Scotland and we’ll continue to work with our colleagues in councils to ensure it is delivered in full.”

The Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2018 came into effect on April 1st meaning people can no longer be charged for personal care services they are assessed as requiring. Personal care includes areas such as; support with personal hygiene, issues with mobility, food preparation and support at mealtimes, and assistance with dressing or getting in or out of bed.
Social care services may be chargeable, such as help with housework, laundry, shopping and services outside the home, such as day care centres.