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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Isles residents offered help with recycling‎ 

The Council is contacting households in the North and South Isles to offer up to two wheelie bins to help with recycling and waste storage. Find out how isles residents can request bins

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Archive a treasure trove of wartime memories

A rolling exhibition of archive material from 100 years ago is shedding new light on how Orcadians experienced, thought and felt about World War 1. Read more about the latest finds on show at the exhibition.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Hunt the puffin and win a Christmas gift

Young visitors to the Orkney Museum are invited to join a Christmas puffin hunt. Find out how to search for puffins at the museum, with the chance to win a festive prize.

For all news from Orkney Islands Council visit the 'News' tab at the top of this page.

Adverse weather alerts. Adverse weather alerts

OIC Updates: Links to information on disruptions to Council services and Churchill Barrier and school closures - as well as other handy numbers for when the weather is making life unpredictable.

What's New?

Website maintenance

Due to essential website maintenance, the Orkney Islands Council website may be unavailable for a brief period from 22:00 on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 December 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Procurement proposals consultation

Feedback is invited on proposals which set out the approach Orkney Islands Council will take in future in the procurement of work, goods and services.

A draft version of the Council’s updated procurement strategy is now available, with comments invited by December 18. Find out more about the procurement strategy here.

New document check for taxi and private hire car drivers

People applying for licences to drive taxis or private hire cars will from the start of December have to show that they have the right to work in the UK.

It follows the introduction of new country-wide legislation and will mean a document check by the Council’s licensing team. You can find information about the new document check here.

Culture Fund open for applications

Orkney Islands Council's Culture Fund is opening for applications from this Thursday (24 November). The fund supported 25 cultural projects to the tune of £27k last year. Find out more about how to apply for the Culture Fund.

Audio casting

You can listen to debates as they happen in the Council Chamber. Meetings of the main Committees and the Full Council are broadcast live. We also provide a listen-again service, with audio recordings made available within two working days of the meetings taking place.

Listen live or listen again via the relevant Committee entry in  the Diary of Council Meetings calendar.

  • 13 December: General Meeting of the Council.

OIC Christmas Grant Scheme Open

The Council’s Christmas Grant scheme is now open for applications - the £55 grant is available to anyone who is normally resident in Orkney and one of the following:

  • Is 60 years or over and receiving Pension Credit.
  • Is a disabled person aged 18 years or over.
  • Is a parent of a disabled child under 18 years.

Know anyone who might be eligible? Make sure they know about it! Find out more from the Christmas Grant press release

Suicide - support for you in Orkney. Two booklets offer help and advice

Orkney Health and Care and ChooseLife Scotland have joined together in producing two booklets to let people who have been bereaved or affected by a suicide - or those who may be having thoughts of taking their own life - know that they don’t need to cope alone. Find the ChooseLife leaflets here.

Council Charges Register

The Council Charges Register is now available and includes all fees and charges in relation to the full range of Council services. The Register can be viewed in full on the Charges Register page.