Brits will be paid £ 50,000 as a “golden hello” from the Scottish government if they move to secluded Scottish islands. You can get paid £ 50,000 to move to a secluded island – and you do not have to go far.
The new scheme is hoping to encourage people to move to the islands, which are struggling with depopulation. SNP MSP for the Western Isles Alasdair Allan told the Times: “Anything we can do to reverse depopulation trends should be encouraged.”
He said the bonds would be used to help people to “buy homes, start businesses and otherwise make their lives here for the long-term”. The National Islands Plan from 2021 made depopulation on the islands one of the key areas to be investigated.
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Introducing the £ 5 million Islands Bond fund, it read: “The Scottish Government is committed to developing a £ 5 million Islands Bond fund, providing up to £ 50,000 each for up to 100 households by 2026, by providing financial support for island residents to remain in their community, or to encourage people to move there. We launched the Islands Bond consultation on 2 August 2021, providing an opportunity for our island residents in particular to identify the key challenges that a bond may be able to respond to. ”
Liam McArthur, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Orkney, wrote on Twitter: “Rather than offering bribes to individuals, which could prove divisive, Scottish Ministers should commit to investing in projects that benefit whole island communities such as new ferries or faster broadband.”
He added: “The proposed islands bond is set to benefit only a small minority. It also has the potential to open up divisions rather than tackle the root causes of depopulation in island communities. “
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