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Proposed savings are unfair for Jura

Sir,

I was dismayed to read that the Argyll and Bute consultation on money-saving schemes specifically singles out the community of Jura to bear the costs of proposed additional ferry fare increases, as one potential source of additional funds. Jura is a success story in terms of new businesses, new opportunities and a rising primary school roll, but with no mainland link, we depend on our ferry connection to Islay for everything.

This short, lifeline crossing, operated by skilful and dedicated crews, already bears the dubious honour of having among the highest fares per kilometre of any crossing in Europe. Fares have gone up substantially more than inflation for at least the past decade, notably with a 35 per cent increase in one single blow, when residents’ discounts were abruptly withdrawn in 2010.

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