McArthur deeply concerned at SQA methodology for determining Higher results

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has expressed deep concern at reports from across Scotland that thousands of estimated Higher education grades based on teacher predictions have been downgraded by the SQA based on past school performances, disproportionally impacting on students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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McArthur welcomes new support for self-catering businesses

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government of further support for self-catering businesses, a key part of Orkney’s tourism sector. 

A new fund has been announced which will provide grants of up £10,000 to self-catering businesses across Scotland that have been ineligible for support to date.

Over recent months, Mr McArthur has consistently highlighted the plight of businesses that have ‘fallen between the gaps’ in the support provided by UK and Scottish Governments.  He has also supported the campaign, led by the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, to extend the assistance available, including to many small businesses in Orkney.

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Isles representatives welcome Islands Growth Deal funding agreement

Northern Isles representatives, Alistair Carmichael MP, Beatrice Wishart MSP and Liam McArthur MSP, have today welcomed the announcement of a £100m funding agreement for the Islands Growth Deal, covering both the Northern Isles and the Western Isles and funded equally between the UK and Scottish governments.

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McArthur responds to latest figures on incidence rates of Multiple Sclerosis

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has responded to findings from the Scottish Multiple Sclerosis Register 2020 Report which confirm that Orkney had the highest incidence rate of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) across all health board areas in the last decade.

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Northern Isles MSPs say “fewer carrots and a larger stick” mean crofting needs reform

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government have announced additional funding for four new jobs to develop crofting in the Western Isles, Northern Isles MSPs Liam McArthur and Beatrice Wishart have asked the Scottish Government to “follow that logic through”, and allow for a fully tailored approach to crofting.

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McArthur says SMF report shows “very real risks” to Orkney’s economy, if more is not done

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has called for “more to be done” to support Orkney’s economy, as a report published by the Social Market Foundation indicates that Orkney may have the second highest percentage of jobs at risk in Scotland as a result of the pandemic.

The report produced by the think tank has calculated the proportion of jobs “facing a moderate or severe impact” because of coronavirus, broken down by region.

In Orkney that figure is suggested to be 68%, which is the second highest in Scotland.

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McArthur responds to second NHS Orkney data breach

Responding to the news of a second data breach by NHS Orkney in the past month, Mr McArthur said:

“After a similar data breach last month, I said it was essential the matter be fully investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office and NHS Orkney so that lessons could be learned and urgent action taken.  Unfortunately, there has been little time for that to actually happen before this latest breach.

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Lib Dems appeal to Scottish Government to make sure R100 isn’t “another lost promise”

A group of Liberal Democrat Highlands and Islands MPs and MSPs have written a joint letter to express their “increasing concern” at the reported threat to the R100 programme for superfast broadband in the Highlands and Islands.

This follows reports that the ongoing legal action taken against the Scottish Government’s handling of procurement for the ‘Northern Lot’, may mean that its European state aid protection could expire before the contract is actually awarded.

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McArthur responds to Iain Stewart’s departure

Responding to news of the departure from NHS Orkney of Chief Executive Designate, Iain Stewart, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur said:

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McArthur calls for greater emphasis on localised testing and tracing

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Thursday) called for the Scottish Government to place a greater emphasis on localised testing and tracing.

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