In particular, the provision to ‘island-proof’ decision-making across the public
sector will ensure the interests of islanders are reflected in future legislation
and policy from the very outset.
“The National Islands Plan will set out the strategic direction for supporting island
communities, continuing the momentum generated by the ‘Our Islands Our Future’ campaign
and the work of the Islands Strategic Group.
“This is the first ever bill for Scotland’s islands, marking an historic milestone
for our island communities. I am proud and privileged as Islands Minister to be guiding
the Bill through Scotland’s parliament. ”
Draft legislation has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament to meet the unique
needs of Scotland’s islands.
The Islands (Scotland) Bill published today aims to help create the right environment
for sustainable growth and empowered communities.
Measures in the bill will include:
A requirement to ‘island proof’ future legislation and policies
The creation of a National Islands Plan
Statutory protection for the Na h-Eileanan an lar Scottish parliamentary constituency
Greater flexibility around Councillor representation within island communities
Extended powers to island councils in relation to marine licencing
Islands Minister Humza Yousaf said: “This government is committed to promoting islands’
voices, to harnessing islands’ resources and enhancing their well-being. The measures
in this bill underpin this ambition.