Cameron presses HIE on budget cuts

Donald in Parliament

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has written to the chief executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise asking how the agency will respond to having its budget slashed.

Mr Cameron, the Scottish Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, said:

“Our region faces major challenges, including the loss of our young people and the threat of depopulation, combined with a worryingly fragile transport infrastructure.

“Self-evidently, much needs to be done to create a more attractive business environment to bring in investment and jobs.

“And yet Highlands and Islands Enterprise, who should be taking a lead in co-ordinating economic regeneration and delivering the necessary resources, has had their funding slashed by the SNP Government.

“This is a dire situation for HIE, and it’s something the SNP needs to address as a matter of urgency. If the organisation is blocking funding for new projects, it renders the entire thing pointless.

“This is why I am demanding to know what impact these latest cuts will have on HIE. We fear that losing £13m of your budget in just two years will inevitably have very severe consequences for the organisation, with knock-on effects for our most vulnerable communities.”