Orkney’s MSP moves to island proof property taxing

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has lodged amendments to the Scottish Government’s emergency coronavirus legislation to create more ‘breathing space’ for people trying to sell their home, reflecting the relatively slower pace of the housing market in rural and island communities, like Orkney.

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McArthur calls for broadband improvements to meet increased demand

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has highlighted the urgent need for improved broadband coverage across Orkney to meet increasing levels of demand. 

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McArthur demands completed island impact assessment for ATC centralisation strategy

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has criticised the Scottish Government for allowing HIAL to press ahead with plans to centralise air traffic control services in the Highlands & Islands before the completion of an island impact assessment.

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McArthur calls for wider access to hardship fund

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur has today (Friday) called on the Scottish Government to allow more tourism businesses to access support under the Hardship Fund by dropping the requirement to have a business account.

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McArthur highlights importance of supporting ‘lynchpin’ local businesses

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Thursday) pressed Ministers to ensure ‘lynchpin’ local businesses are supported to ensure that they can continue to play a pivotal role within local economies.

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McArthur calls for ‘island proofing’ of funding scheme criteria

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Wednesday) called on Ministers to further amend the eligibility criteria for the Coronavirus Business Support Fund to allow more tourism businesses in the islands to apply for much needed support.

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McArthur responds to HIAL issuing tender for remote air traffic control services

Responding to news that HIAL is issuing an £8.5million tender for remote air traffic control services, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur commented:

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McArthur urges Ministers to engage in debate on localised approach to lifting restrictions

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Friday) again urged Ministers to ‘engage actively and constructively’ in the debate about whether and how island communities might safely pilot the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

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McArthur urges Ministers to engage in debate on localised approach to lifting restrictions

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Friday) again urged Ministers to ‘engage actively and constructively’ in the debate about whether and how island communities might safely pilot the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

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McArthur calls for increased access to testing for key workers

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has called for increased access to testing for key workers in Orkney to allow more of them to keep working, or return to work during the current pandemic.

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