Share your experiences of unfair delivery charges to the islands as the Scottish Government prepares to launch a Scottish Parcel Delivery Map.
That's the plea from Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan to constituents.
While the power to regulate parcel deliveries lies with the UK Government, on November 18 the Scottish Government launched Fairer Deliveries for All: An Action Plan, which focuses on tackling unfair practices, and understanding the root causes of why such over-charging exists.
One of the actions in this plan is the development of a Scottish Parcel Delivery Map, which will allow the Scottish Government to track both discrepancies between and within geographic areas, as well as identifying where there are significant deviations. This map will be publicly available and will be the first of its kind in the UK.
Alasdair Allan MSP said:“People in the Western Isles are amongst the most affected by unfair delivery practices, with research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre estimating that consumers here paid £2.66 million in delivery surcharges every year.
“The Scottish Government is taking action to try and highlight unfair practices and geographical discrepancies – especially since this is an area of responsibility reserved to the UK Government.
“For this tool to be successful it will need a wide base of examples to draw from. I would encourage all of my constituents who have encountered unfair delivery practices fill in the survey at http://www.resolver.co.uk/parcels and help demonstrate the scale of the problem we have.”
And Alasdair Allan has also called on communities in the Western Isles to take part in the Scottish Government’s Consultation on developing the National Islands Plan.
The Plan fulfills one of the key objectives of the Islands Act 2018 (Scotland), on the first anniversary since it was passed in the Scottish Parliament.
The Plan will set out how the Scottish Government, local authorities and other public agencies might work to improve outcomes for island communities. Scottish Ministers will be asked to report back to Scottish Parliament every year on progress towards the goals included in the National Islands Plan. To develop the Plan, the Scottish Government are seeking the views of island authorities, and all effected in the islands.
The consultation will run until 6th July 2019.
Alasdair Allan MSP said: “It is one year to the day since the Islands Act was passed in the Scottish Parliament. The historic legislation was brought in to meet the unique needs of Scotland’s islands now and in the future, helping to create the right environment for sustainable growth and empowered communities.
“One of the key objectives of the Act was to introduce a National Islands Plan, and for the Scottish Government to place this before Parliament, so we can work to achieve all of our shared ambitions for the islands.
“The Scottish Government has been consulting with island authorities, people who represent the interests of island communities and all those who might be affected by, or have an interest in, the plan.
“There is one month left to submit your views. The National Islands Plan should be ambitious, and set out a long-term vision for what the islands can achieve. I hope as many of my constituents take part in consultation as possible, and play a part in shaping our islands future prosperity.”