SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Emma Roddick, has today welcomed the announcement of additional funding for Islands ferries.

The Deputy First Minister announced the decision during Stage 3 Scottish Budget and has subsequently written to all 4 councils across the Highlands and Islands that rely on the inter-islands ferry network. Given inflationary pressures, Mr Swinney confirmed Scottish Government officials are engaging with councils specifically on the level of funding required and the Scottish Parliament will be informed once those discussions have concluded.

Commenting SNP MSP Emma Roddick said:

“I am glad to see the Scottish Government recognise the difficulties that our island authorities face in managing the cost increases and how that impacts the inter-islands ferry network due to the effects of inflation and rising fuel prices.

“The SNP made a commitment to fully fund these vital services and it’s clear that this will be honoured through engaging with councils specifically on the level of funding required.

“Ferries provide vital links for our island communities and this assurance will be hugely welcome for everyone.”