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DISTANT ISLANDS GET ALLOWANCE REPRIEVE

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Treasury plans to abolish the Distant Islands Allowance were scrapped on Tuesday. ...
Treasury plans to abolish the Distant Islands Allowance were scrapped on Tuesday.

The allowance was due to come to an end along with London weighting and all other regional allowances as part of a Treasury move to save money.

The idea was scrapped following representations by Calum Macdonald, MP for the Western Isles, Jim Wallace, MP for Orkney and Shetland, and the National Union of Civil and Public Servants.

Mr Macdonald said he was delighted that the campaign had been concluded successfully.

'This is a great relief. It would have been a severe blow, not just to the individuals receiving the allowance; it is worth over £2 million a year to the economy of the Western Isles - a sum nearly equivalent to the annual interest payments on BCCI'.

The allowance is currently paid to civil servants, all local authority and health board employees, airport firemen, the Stornoway Pier and Harbour Commission, and the Stornoway Trust.

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