Local News for Tuesday 23rd April 2019

CALMAC ANNOUNCES SEASONAL JOBS IN WESTERN ISLES

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the announcement that CalMac is to locate five seasonal jobs in Stornoway this year.
Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chairman of the Comhairle’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said:
“This is welcome news. We have long campaigned to see CalMac jobs located here in the Western Isles, amongst the communities which it serves.

“The impact of salaries in the Western Isles is much greater on the local economy than in the central belt and I would call on CalMac to give serious consideration to further devolution and relocation of jobs into the Islands. We would reiterate our suggestion that each and every island should have a fair share of central jobs and head office functions including senior management roles and would ask that the practice of centralisation of roles to a Head Office will cease and future vacancies will be advertised on a network wide basis instead of Head Office with a target of 30% of these jobs being based in the Western Isles by 2030. Not only would such a move be an economic boost but it would also continue to demonstrate CalMac’s commitment to the communities of the Islands.”

 

FUNDING TO MAKE HOMES MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT

People across Scotland at risk of fuel poverty will benefit from further investment to make homes warmer and energy efficient with funding announced recently.
The Warmer Homes Scotland initiative has awarded a minimum of £38 million to managing agent Warmworks to continue to deliver the government’s fuel poverty scheme over the next two years.
The announcement comes as the 15,000th Warmer Homes customer welcomed a new gas central heating system being installed at their home.
People at risk of fuel poverty are eligible through the scheme to have improvements made to their property such as new heating systems and insulation.
Since the launch of Warmworks in 2015, thousands of people across Scotland have been helped to become warmer in their homes, with households saving an average of over £300 per year on their energy bills.
The Scottish Government has now decided to extend the Warmer homes initiative to 2022.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:
‘We have taken a world leading approach to tackling fuel poverty with the introduction of the Fuel Poverty Bill and setting an ambitious target that, by 2040, no more than 5% of Scottish households are in fuel poverty’.