Registration opened today (Wednesday 23 September) for people who want the chance to tell Comhairle nan Eilean Siar exactly what they think of current budget proposals, including service cuts.

Round 5 of the Comhairle’s ‘community conversations’ also has the advantage of being accessible directly from your own sofa, as the whole process will be entirely online.

Budgetary and service issues will be discussed with as many people as wish to participate from Monday 5 October, when residents of Stornoway North and South will be invited to participate in an online discussion between 6pm and 7.30pm.

The schedule goes on to Barra and South Uist on Tuesday 6 October, Benbecula and North Uist on Wednesday 7 and Harris and North Lochs on Thursday 8 October.

Rural districts of Lewis will be invited to join the conversation at sessions the following week, on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 October.

Anyone who wants to virtually attend the discussions can register online by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and giving their name, the session they would like to join, their home address and any comments or questions. The Comhairle will send out a link to every attendee on the day. 

Each community conversation will include a presentation on the financial position of the Comhairle and a facilitated discussion, as well as an invitation to complete the survey currently open at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cnes-recovery-business-plan-consultation.

That opportunity to comment closes at 5pm on Saturday (26 September).

The deadline for registration to join the conversation is Monday 5 October at 12 noon and the Comhairle also welcomes comments or questions in writing to Director of Education, Skills and Children's Services, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, HS1 2BW.