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Carmichael: Island population increase shows importance of boosting key services

August 15, 2013 3:47 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on new figures which revealed that the population ofAlistair CarmichaelAlistair Carmichael Scotland's island communities has increased by 4% over the past decade, Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland and Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said:

"As someone who has spent a large part of my life living on Scottish islands this increase in the number of people choosing to live in places like Orkney and Shetland comes as no surprise. In recent years we have seen a number of surveys revealing that Scotland's island communities are some of the happiest places in the UK.

"What this population increase also shows is the importance of ensuring that our islands are not at the back of the queue when it comes to improving key services. The UK government has made its commitment to island communities clear, with a fuel duty discount and big investment in digital services across the Highlands and Islands. We need this to continue if we are to ensure that all Scotland's islands can thrive."