Orkney Islands Council

Orkney homeless service ‘overwhelmed’ due to pandemic

Orkney Islands Council is facing significant challenges to permanently rehome households after a major rise in the number of people affected by homelessness during the pandemic.

Published 13 September 2021

Orkney Council signs ‘wake effect’ agreement over existing community turbine

Orkney Islands Council has signed an agreement with Hoy Energy Ltd which will ensure that the island’s income from the existing community turbine won’t be adversely affected by the potential development of a council-owned wind farm in Hoy.

Published 9 September 2020

Warmworks Scotland to provide energy saving improvements to homes in Orkney

Orkney Islands Council has appointed Warmworks Scotland, following a competitive tendering process, as the new Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area-Based Scheme managing agent for Orkney.

Published 12 August 2020

North authorities join for first 'rapid rehousing' event to tackle homelessness

Seven local authorities from the north of Scotland gathered in Aberdeen last week to discuss plans to tackle homelessness.

Published 7 February 2020

Salmon farm in Orkney to build houses for workers

A salmon farm in Orkney has been granted approval to build a small development of houses to provide workers with a place to live.

Published 30 August 2019

Orkney Islands Council backs development of £28.5m ‘smart energy island'

Orkney Islands Council (OIC) is to support the development of a multi-partner £28.5 million renewable energy project which could ultimately eliminate the need for fossil fuels.

Published 4 June 2019

Changes afoot at Orkney Care and Repair

Mike Cooper has announced his retirement from Orkney Care and Repair following a successful and extensive career spanning over 30 years.

Published 10 April 2019

Orkney Islands Council to acquire uninhabited islands for development

Orkney Islands Council is to purchase a group of uninhabited islands because they offer a “significant development opportunity”.

Published 26 November 2018

Views sought Orkney empty homes strategy

Orkney Islands Council is seeking views for its draft 'Empty Homes Strategy 2018-2023', which aims to sets out the ways in which the council can help Orkney's empty home owners to bring their properties back into use.

Published 4 October 2018

Orkney making good progress and can increase pace of improvement, says Accounts Commission

An independent report assessing how Orkney Islands Council is fulfilling its statutory duty to demonstrate ‘Best Value’ has determined that the local authority has made significant progress in recent years but needs to build on this for the future.

Published 14 December 2017

Orkney Islands Council appoints empty homes officer

Orkney Islands Council has become the first Scottish island authority to appoint an empty homes officer.

Published 17 August 2017

Orkney residents invited to bid for energy efficiency funding

Up to £1.4 million is available for Orkney residents to help make their homes more energy efficient.

Published 31 July 2017

Council seeks views to tackle Orkney fuel poverty

Residents are being invited to submit their views on how to address fuel poverty on the Orkney Islands.

Published 19 April 2017

Council Tax rates frozen by four more local authorities

Eleven more local authorities in Scotland have set their respective budgets for the upcoming year, four of which have opted for a voluntary freeze in Council Tax.

Published 24 February 2017

Views sought on Orkney housing advice and information strategy

Orkney Islands Council’s Housing Service is seeking public views on its Advice and Information Strategy which underpins how the council and a range of partner agencies provide housing advice to service users.

Published 9 January 2017