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Landmark Islands Bill wins first vote

A NEW law aiming ‘to strengthen and protect Scotland’s island communities’ has passed its first stage vote in Holyrood.

Scotland’s first Islands Bill was debated by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament last Thursday.

It requires the Scottish Government and other public bodies to consider the impact their laws and decisions would have on inhabited islands.

It also states that ministers must draw up a National Islands Plan, which will set out the objectives and strategies for helping island communities.

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