Views sought on National Islands Plan review

Stromness on the Orkney Islands by rpeters86 with consultation text
Alan Robertson

Scotland’s first ever National Islands Plan was published in 2019 and is now being reviewed as required by the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, which may lead to the publication of a new National Islands Plan. 

The Scottish Government wants to work together with local authorities, island communities and relevant sectors and partners to ensure this process is as thorough and effective as possible, providing vital feedback from those most impacted by the National Islands Plan. 

The aim of this review is twofold:

  1. it will provide a detailed overview of the impact of the current National Islands Plan since its publication
  2. it will inform (if the review identifies a need one) a new National Islands Plan

It is vital that the review of the current National Islands Plan should be informed by the views of those on our islands, to the greatest extent possible and so this consultation is aimed at:  

  • People who live in Scotland’s islands, and any groups who represent them.  
  • People who have an interest in Scotland’s islands. 
  • Organisations and people working on and with Scotland’s islands, across the public, private and third sectors.  

The results of the written consultation will be combined with quantitative and more qualitative data gathered through a series of meetings with key partners across the islands and direct engagement with island communities and programme of face to face public engagement is currently under development by teh Scottish Islands Team to fulfile this aspect. 

This consultation provides everyone with an interest in Scotland’s islands the chance to provide us with their views and, if required, to shape the next iteration of the National Islands Plan. It takes about 30-40 minutes to complete. 

You can read the consultation paper here

You can begin the consultation here