Local News for Thursday 9th May 2019

COMHAIRLE REMIND PUBLIC ABOUT BEST START GRANT

Western Isles Council is reminding the Public about the ‘Best Start Grant’, the grant comprises two cash payments that you can apply for if you're a parent or a carer. You can get these payments if you have a child who's the right age for a payment whether you're in work or not, as long as you're on certain payments or tax credits
The available Grants are:
1. The Pregnancy and Baby Payment
The Pregnancy and Baby Payment is part of a package of three payments that will give extra money to low income families during the early years of a child’s life. Best Start Grant School Age Payment opens for applications on 3rd June and Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment will be available by Summer 2019

2. Early Learning Payment
The Early Learning Payment is a package of three payments that will give extra money to low income families during the early years of a child’s life. It is a £250 payment made between the ages of two and three and a half years old. This is to help with the costs of early learning for eligible families who have a child
More information and how to apply is available on the Social Security Scotland website at www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant/

 

SNP Cllr ASKS FOR REVIEW OF USE OF SANDWICKHILL SCHOOL

An attempt to review the future use of Sandwickhill School and possibly return it to the school estate as a primary school was turned down by the Western Isles Council at the Education Committee recently.
With the current roll of pupils using the facilities down to two and likely to fall further and with another ninety houses planned for the Mackenzie Estate, Stornoway South SNP Councillor, Rae Mackenzie asked for a report to review the future use of the school.
Cllr Rae Mackenzie said: “As the populous grows at Parkend, facilities need to be put in to strengthen the community and there is nothing more community-centred than a school.
"We have a school building on our doorstep, let’s bring it back into use for the surrounding area. Parkend and Sandwick has great potential given the increase in housing and we should be looking at opportunities for shops and food outlets to create a community hub and resurrecting the school would be a great start.”
Cllr Mackenzie has requested that the report be brought back at a later meeting.