MacNeil comments on Gove’s Island Forum

It’s cash that is required not forums, says Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil, in response to Michael Gove’s proposal to have an Islands Forum.

Mr MacNeil has today received a letter from Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities with information on the Islands Forum which will be used to discuss specific elements of the Levelling Up agenda.

Commenting Mr MacNeil said:

“Mr Gove is introducing an Islands Forum at a time when his Levelling Up Fund is delivering less than a third per year of what the European Rural Development Fund used to deliver.

“Before forums, we need the cash.  Levelling Up is clearly not doing what it should be doing, therefore, restore the money so any talking committee can have power.”