The Scottish Government will hold its fifth year of summer cabinet meetings outside Edinburgh, it has been announced.
Ministers have agreed at Cabinet today to meet in Skye, Renfrew and Orkney in July and August this year.
This is the fifth year of summer cabinet programmes outside the capital. Over the last four years more than 4,000 people have participated in events in Dundee, Melrose, Stornoway, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dumfries, Inverness, Pitlochry, Isle of Bute, Dornoch, Stirling, Kilmarnock, Fort William, Stranraer, Kirkcaldy and Elgin.
In addition to the formal cabinet meetings, Ministers will hold open meetings in each of the three towns. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the public sessions, where ministers will be on hand to answer questions on any aspect of the Scottish Government’s programme.
The schedule is:
- 23-24 July – Skye
- 23 August – Renfrew
- 28-29 August – Orkney
First Minister Alex Salmond said: “For the last four years, summer cabinets have been among the most successful and enjoyable events undertaken by the Scottish Government.
“They offer the opportunity to meet hundreds of people from a wide range of backgrounds and communities and hear their views on important issues. We are all looking forward to another exciting and valuable round of visits during this year’s parliamentary recess.
“This year our ministerial team will be visiting Skye, Renfrew and Orkney, where we will be talking and listening to local people about the issues that matter most. From the urban heartland of the central belt to two of our more remote communities, we will be listening to people across Scotland about what’s important to them.
“I am determined that we will continue to work with the people of Scotland to deliver the economic growth and fairer society we all quite rightly expect. These summer cabinets are an important part of building that future and I hope as many people as possible join us.”