The Western Isles will need to find a new lead officer for health and social care, with the imminent departure of Dr Ron Culley from his post at Cùram Is Slàinte, the Western Isles Integration Joint Board (IJB).

Dr Culley has been chief officer of the IJB – which brings together health board and council work on a range of services including social work, housing support and community nursing – since it was set up almost five years ago.

He's leaving the Western Isles for a new job as chief executive of Quarriers, a 150-year-old charity which provides care and support for vulnerable adults and children across Scotland. The charity made the announcement of his appointment on Tuesday 28 January.

Local councils will be given new powers to licence and limit the number of short-term lets, such as AirBnB.


Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has backed this announcement from the Scottish Government.


A recent study commissioned by the Scottish Government into AirBnB showed that the Western Isles had the second greatest increase in registered properties behind only Edinburgh.

By Rachel Mackenzie, Highlands and Islands Enterprise area manager in the Outer Hebrides

News that BiFab was awarded a new contract to produce 150 monopiles for the Moray East Offshore Windfarm development has been welcomed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The announcement by Canadian company DF Barnes, the new owners of BiFab, confirms commitment in their efforts to bring work back to Arnish and has already created new jobs for 60 people and is set to create more. 

DF Barnes has considerable experience in manufacturing, machining and fabrication of complex offshore structures and systems across the world. The yard is in an excellent position to deliver part of this major contract and positions itself as a key player in the offshore wind supply chain.