Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Youth jobs scheme extended to 29 year olds

An employment scheme which has helped create 35 jobs for young people aged 16-24 since June last year has now been extended to include people aged 25-29 as well. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Revised economic development grant scheme open for business  

The Council is encouraging local entrepreneurs to find out if their business ideas might qualify for financial support. Read more.  

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Internal air and ferries survey closing soon 

Isles residents are being reminded the survey of the county’s internal ferry services ends on September 3. Read more.


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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? 

OIC Community Learning Guide

Do you fancy learning a new skill or increasing your knowledge on a range of subjects.  The Council’s Community Learning Guide is out and you can start booking your place on a course NOW!  Check out the web page for more details.


Development Committee to visit Sanday

People in Sanday will have the chance to put questions to Orkney Islands Council’s Development and Infrastructure Committee later this month when Members of the Committee hold a public meeting there, on August 21. Find out more ...


What do you think of the Local Development Plan?

Orkney Islands Council is seeking feedback on the county’s Local Development Plan. Views will be sought throughout July and August, with the consultation ending on the September 1. The Orkney Local Development Plan provides a planning framework and is the main document used in the determination of planning applications. Click here to read more.


Stromness THI end-of-project survey results published

See what folk had to say about the £3.5m Stromness THI project. Click here to read the end-of-project survey results.


Public consultation on councillor numbers

A 12 week public consultation is underway on proposals for the number of councillors for each of Scotland's 32 local authorities.  Orkney Islands Council currently has 21 Elected Members and the Commission is recommending no change to this figure. More information is available on the Commission's website.