Local News for Wednesday 29th May 2019


Total Heating, Total control (THTC) Customers who have moved to Utilita from Our Power’s Hebrides Energy tariffs will recently have received Welcome Packs showing their tariff and unit rates.
Utilita has advised this has been a complex process, but that they are now able to confirm the prices structure for these customers, through a tariff called ‘Control’ or ‘Control Plus’.
These unit rates on these welcome packs are showing a price increase from the 1st of June 2019. It is recommended that Customers look into whether they are on the best rate or whether it would be cheaper for them to switch away from Utilita.
Both SSE and Scottish Power offer comparable THTC tariffs.
If Customers would like further assistance and advice or would like someone to have a look at their bills, they can contact Tighean Innse Gall (T.I.G.) on 01851 706121 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Islands MP Angus MacNeil is maintaining pressure on the Home Office to resolve a passport renewal issue for a 6-year-old island girl whose parents are EU Nationals.
Owing to Home Office issues, the 6-year-old girl is being refused a passport renewal and requires to register as a British citizen.
Mr MacNeil said: “The parents - one an NHS Worker, have been living and working in Scotland for 13 years and it is incredible that people paying their taxes and contributing to society are finding that they cannot travel with their children to visit granny during the school holidays in July.
The parents have been left with no other option but to register their 6-year-old girl as a British citizen before a passport will be issued.
The Home Office must treat this registration as a priority and I am continuing to maintain pressure on them to sort this issue quickly and help this family visit their Granny, only the most hard-hearted would get in the way of that.”