Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has contacted Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) after she was approached by a constituent concerned that Hillcrest’s children’s care home could close to save the Comhairle money.

The Comhairle is taking steps to reduce a £6 million budget shortfall and it was suggested that one potential impact of this is the effective closure of the Hillcrest children’s unit in Stornoway which could save £350,000 and would result in the loss of a number of posts there.

Mrs Grant however says: “I was approached by a worried constituent who feared that the closure of Hillcrest children’s care home could be on the table again this year.

“I immediately contacted the Leader of CnES, Angus Campbell, who has advised me that current arrangements are working well with no job losses and a management agreement is in place between the Comhairle and the service provider.  Mr Campbell gave no indication that the closure of Hillcrest might be on the table again this year.

Mrs Grant concluded: “I am grateful to receive this assurance from the Leader and I hope this will bring relief to both worried parents and staff at the facility."