National Islands Plan Annual Report 2022

The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan. This report sets out progress made during the 2022 reporting year.

Implementation Route Map

Within the National Islands Plan, Scottish Government committed to publishing an Implementation Route Map that addresses each of the 13 Strategic Objectives and accompanying commitments listed in the Plan. Following collaboration with Local Authorities, key stakeholders and island communities, the first National Islands Plan Implementation Route Map (IRM) was published on 24 March 2021.

Publication of the IRM came with a commitment to regularly review it and it was therefore published as a living document in recognition that priorities for island communities can change. Following a review of the format of the IRM, a revised version was then published in March 2022. The 2022 revision takes a more forward looking, action-focused approach and was developed in collaboration across Scottish Government, with those policy areas who have responsibility for delivering a commitment within the National Islands Plan, advising how they intend to deliver their commitments over the lifetime of the Plan.

For transparency and ease, we have included the agreed action that was published in the 2022 IRM, against each commitment in this Annual Report. Linking the two documents in this way demonstrates both the work that has been undertaken towards fulfilment of the overall commitment, and how it relates to the actions listed in the IRM.

The IRM will be kept under regular review as work progresses on delivery of the commitments in National Islands Plan, thus ensuring proposed actions within it remain current and relevant. A reviewed version for 2023 will be published shortly.



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