Monday, 5 March 2012
It has transpired that the Scottish Government is intending to slash parts of the Air Discount Scheme, ostensibly on account of demands from the European Union, but more likely to cut costs - of £2.7m per annum. Under ADS, islanders could purchase airtickets to a mainland hub at a discount of 40%. Bearing in mind that your average return from Stornoway to Glasgow costs about £160, ADS would take a useful £60 off. Our airfares are quite high at the best of times, and what with the cessation of reduced ferry fares for commercial vehicles, the economy of these islands is being adversely affected by misplaced cost cutting.
Perhaps money was better spent not building trams in Edinburgh, not holding an independence referendum and not withdrawing coastguard services, such as coastguard stations and emergency tugs.