£50,000 grants for people willing to relocate to remote Scottish islands
Grants of up to £50,000 are to be offered to people willing to relocate to one of Scotland’s remote islands amid fears that tight-knit communities are dying out.
Under a plan to address depopulation, the Scottish government is to spend £5 million on the scheme over the next five years, with 100 of the resettlement “bonds” on offer.
It is planned that the cash will be given to working age adults and families to allow them to buy houses and start businesses in outposts hit by an exodus of residents over recent decades. People already living there could also become eligible for grants if they agree to stay put.
It is hoped the initiative will address concerns that a lack of jobs and opportunities on many of Scotland’s 93 inhabited islands – where populations range from more than…