Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Looking for your ideas – take part in new public survey

Orkney Islands Council looking for feedback on the services it provides and ideas for improvements. Find out about the Council’s Change Programme – and take part in OIC’s new public survey here.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Council welcomes first Minister for Islands 

OIC Convener has welcomed the appointment of Derek Mackay MSP as Scotland’s first Islands Minister. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Reminder on voting system for by-election

Over 3000 folk will go to the polls on November 27 to elect a new Councillor for the Kirkwall West and Orphir WardRead more.

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? 


Christmas Grants

The Council is inviting applications to its yearly Christmas Grant of £53, open to people aged 60 years or over and receiving Pension Credit; disabled people aged 18 years or over; and parents of a disabled child under 18 years. Full details here


Winter is coming

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging people across the county to make sure they are well prepared for whatever this winter brings. Read more.


What you need to know about the by-election

Orkney Islands Council is reminding people intending to vote in this month’s Kirkwall West and Orphir by-election of some important points to remember. Read more.


Council’s planning and regulatory services seeking feedback

Have you lodged a planning application recently, applied for permission to carry out building works, or asked the Council for consumer advice?  Why not fill in our survey .


Economic Development Grant Scheme

Are you a local entrepreneur?  Orkney Islands Council has updated and relaunched its Economic Development Grants Scheme. Why not check if your business or business idea qualifies for financial support.  Read more.