A petition, calling for the Scottish Government to abandon it plans to abolish the
board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), has been lodged at the Scottish
A single “overarching board” will replace individual agency boards” for HIE, Scottish
Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council.
Former Labour MSP, Maureen Macmillan, has lodged the petition at the parliament’s
It warns the change will be “detrimental to the economy and communities” of the Highlands
and Islands and “fragment the focus” of the board and risk relegating the needs of
the region behind the more heavily populated parts of Scotland.