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Western Isles Council
As part of the P&J’s week-long series on the challenges grieving families face when a loved one dies, Calum Ross today investigates the soaring cost of funerals.
Graveyards are on the brink of running out of space for new burials in dozens of communities across the north and north-east, it can be revealed.
Local authorities have admitted they are under “pressure” to act on cemetery provision but insisted that “plans are in place” for many sites.
Councils across the north have said they are facing multi-million pound funding shortfalls as a result of the annual grants announced by the Scottish Government this week.
The Western Isles is set for a mini housing boom, with over 200 new properties expected to be developed over the course of the next year.
As part of the Dileab project, every school in the Western Isles is to receive a signed copy of a new book exploring the Iolaire tragedy.
An island dog owner has lashed out at Western Isles Council’s “judge, jury and executioner” style of handling complaints over animals.
A former councillor and taxi driver accused of a string of sexual offences has been acquitted of all charges at Stornoway Sheriff Court.
Western Isles Council says it is committed to maintaining abattoir services in Lewis and Harris.
Western Isles Council looking at developing a fleet of ferries ‘more in keeping’ with the west coast
The Scottish Government is looking at developing a fleet of ferries that is “more in keeping” with the west coast, says a council after meeting ministers.
Supporters have hailed the success of two weekend Pride marches across Inverness and Stornoway as a watershed moment for LGBT rights in the Highlands and Islands.
A row has broken out over the Outer Hebrides first gay pride march after the isles’ council refused to fly an LGBT flag in support.
Having already cut over 230 jobs, Western Isles Council has warned it has to make more “significant savings.”
Concerns have been raised after new figures exposed a “vast disparity” in the number of classroom assistants in schools across Scotland.
Frustrated residents are being left on hold for up to an hour to report urgent public health hazards, road defects and housing repairs.
A council which won a four-year battle to remove a pony from the house it was being kept in may have finally found it a new home.
The population of the north-east fell last year after more than 20,000 people moved away and far fewer arrived to make the region their home.
A major piece of legislation granting further powers to island communities has been signed into law by the Queen.
A new housing initiative is being developed in the Western Isles in a bid to help address the issue of depopulation of remote communities.
A Western Isles councillor is to face Scotland’s ethics watchdog after allegedly failing to declare company interests in a timely manner.
A council that won a four-year possession battle over a horse that lived in a house with its owner is finally set to find it a new home.
Councillors on the Western Isles have backed proposals to introduce a dedicated officer to bring hundreds of empty homes back into use.
Calls for the Scottish Government to intervene in the ongoing ferry disruption saga are being made by Western Isles Council.
A mothballed fabrication yard on the Western Isles was on the brink of being reborn last night after a landmark deal was struck to take over troubled firm BiFab.
North councils are facing a demographic “ticking time bomb” that could accelerate cuts and make vital services unsustainable within a few years, according to a new report.
Jobs at risk after Highlands and Islands Airports announce decision to centralise air traffic control
Western Isles Council has voiced concerns over local jobs and security in the latest instalment of the “remote” air traffic control towers row.
Engineering firm BiFab is being urged to place its closure-threatened yard on Lewis on “care and maintenance” so it can speedily restart operations when the market improves.
Scottish ministers were under growing pressure last night to step in to save the Arnish yard in Lewis amid fears it could shut down within days.
A budget deal has handed councils across the north and north-east a £40million boost – but leaders warned that threat of severe service cuts remained.
Councils across Scotland are considering banning plastic straws after a campaign which began with a school trip to the Highlands.
Grants for Scottish councils have been re-calculated just weeks before they set their budgets – with Moray and Aberdeen City among the authorities losing out.