Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Council leaders heartened by cross-party Westminister response

A pledge by Scottish Labour to devolve more powers to Scotland's island communities completed a successful round of talks at Westminster on the Our Islands Our Future campaign. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. European Elections polling cards arrive this week  

With voting taking place in less than six weeks' time - on Thursday May 22 - keep a look out for your polling card, which should be delivered this week. Read more.   

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Avoid the scammers: Council offers advice and support

Orkney Islands Council is contacting people who may be at risk from mass marketing scams. Read 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? 

Public consultation on new development brief

Draft guidance on the future development of the Old Academy and former Primary School sites in Stromness is available for public consultation.

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging comment on a draft development brief for the two sites, which could be developed as the base for the proposed Orkney Research Campus.

The consultation period lasts until May 22, 2014. The document will then be revised and presented to Elected Members for consideration in June. To find out more follow this link.


Annual Performance Report 2013

The Council's Annual Performace Report for 2013 is now available on our new and improved performace information pages.  Click here to read more 


European Elections 

Elections for the European Parliament take place in May.

In Orkney, polling takes place on Thursday May 22. You can also apply for a postal or proxy vote.

For a wealth of information, visit the European Elections section of this website.


Local Development Plan

The new Local Development Plan for Orkney is now in effect after formal adoption by the Islands Council.

The move marks the end of a five-year process, which included public consultation, detailed discussion by Elected Members and engagement with the Scottish Government.

The Local Development Plan provides a planning framework for Orkney. It details the Council’s planning policies, highlights areas which may be suitable for development and those where development could be constrained by factors such as the potential for flooding, or national and international conservation designations. View the Local Development Plan.


New KGS sports facilities open for group bookings

Check out the sport facilities on offer at the brand new Kirkwall Grammar School, and book online here


Bus survey results published

The results of the Council's recent public bus user survey have now been published, and can be found here.


Have your say

Check what consultations are going on at the Council. Right now, you can get involved in the Our Islands Our Future campaign, have your say on local bus services, tell us your experiences of the Council's Customer Services team, comment on proposed winter air and ferry timetables, and view a draft Trees and Woodlands planning guidance. More...


Welfare reform advice available

The Council and Orkney Housing Association Limited are providing advice for tenants who may be affected by changes to the UK Government’s Housing Benefit rules.

Under the new rules, tenants of working age who receive Housing Benefit will be assessed for the number of bedrooms they have in their property, if they rent from either a local authority or a housing association.

If tenants are deemed to have one spare bedroom, their Housing Benefit will be reduced by an average of £10 per week. If they have two spare bedrooms, the benefit will be reduced by £20 on average per week. The “under-occupancy” rules do not apply to pensioners. Read more.