Early Years Service Staff within Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar’s, Education and Children’s Services Department take forward the targets set within the Western Isles Early Years and Early Intervention Strategy and support the work of the Early Years Partnership. In addition, early year’s staff support pre-school and childcare providers throughout the islands.
THE LEA consult with all interested parties (schools, teachers, parents, pupils) on all issues concerning education provision and in particular on any proposed changes to education with schools run by the LEA.
Local authorities provide a grant to parents from the term after their 3rd birthday for a maximum of six terms. Pupils must attend a pre-school, nursery or school which is on the Early Years register in order to be eligible for the grant. Grants are for a minimum of 2.5 hours per day for a maximum of 5 days per week and for between 33 and 38 weeks a year.
For students aged 16 at the start of an education year and who are attending full-time courses up level 3 at schools, sixth form colleges and Further Education Colleges there is a national Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). Entitlement is means tested.
The student loan scheme provides financial assistance towards the cost of living for students attending a full time higher education course. Students repay loans back once they finish their course and begin employment.
This handbook covers all local policies and procedures set in place by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar as regards management of staff. These local conditions supersede, as appropriate national conditions and agreements.
Some procedures are negotiated through Trade Union Groups and represent local agreements whilst other documents detail the Comhairle’s adopted practice in specific work areas.
The Comhairle is committed towards maintaining excellent industrial relations with its employees and this Handbook brings together guidance on a range of important issues in a single volume. Its loose leaf format also means that if local policies and procedures change replacement or additional pages can be issued.
The Outer Hebrides has a high quality natural environment, rich in biodiversity and with a large percentage of land, areas of inland waters and marine sites designated for nature conservation purposes. The islands are also home to an exceptional cultural heritage with a vast number of archaeological sites and many buildings and areas of outstanding architectural and amenity value.
There are four designated Conservation Areas in the islands (Stornoway, Lewis; Gearannan, Lewis; Ruisgarry, Berneray; Howmore, South Uist). Stornoway is also a ‘Townscape Heritage Initiative Area’ and has received £2.2 million of funding for grant aid repair and restoration of buildings in the town centre / Lews Castle grounds area.
Environmental services - private water supply analysis
In general terms a private water supply is one which is not a "mains" supply. Most private supplies are situated in the more remote, rural parts of the country. The source of the supply may be a well, borehole, spring, burn, river, loch or lochan. The supply may serve just one property or several properties through a network of pipes. The environmental health department will usually offer to monitor the quality and safety of private drinking water supplies. In most circumstances, for domestic premises this is a free service. Tests on the chemical and microbiological quality of the water will be carried out. Guidance will be provided to improve the quality of the water should it fail any of the tests.
The European Fisheries Fund (EFF) for 2007 – 2013 was launched to provide financial support for the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, replacing Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG).
Axis 4 is intended for the sustainable development of fisheries areas with an emphasis on tackling socio-economic problems and maintaining economic prosperity and jobs in fisheries areas where there is low population density, fishing is in decline or there are small fisheries communities.