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2014-2020 Local Development Strategy

Click here for the full Outer Hebrides LEADER and EMFF 2014-2020 Local Development Strategy



Section 1:   Outer Hebrides Local Action Group Area

Brief summary of LAG area. As per the local authority boundary the whole of the Outer Hebrides, including Stornoway, is eligible for LEADER and EMFF funding.


Section 2: Development Needs and Opportunities in the Outer Hebrides

sets out some of the key development needs and opportunities that will shape the LEADER strategy and some areas that the LAG (Local Action Group) and FLAG (Fisheries LAG) can support. It examines the make-up of enterprises and employment, key growth sectors and issues around employment.

Food and drink


Life Sciences

Financial and business services


Creative industries



Section 3: Engagement and Consultation

The majority of this section provides an overview of the extensive consultation process undertaken to develop the 2014-2020 LEADER and EMFF LDS. This included engagement with local organisations and stakeholders, surveys, interviews, workshops and public meetings.


The Youth Strategy - (p34) – aims to attract young people to be involved in the LAG, to engage and enthuse young people to become more active in rural development and actions occurring in their areas. A ‘Youth LAG’ (YLAG) concept is introduced to provide young people with the opportunity to decide what developmental work should be taking place in the Outer Hebrides. The youth strategy recommended that a YLAG should be established within the 2014-2020 programme and should compromise of young people from a range of different communities throughout the Outer Hebrides.


Section 4: Outer Hebrides LEADER and EMFF Strategy Objectives

The key objectives of the Outer Hebrides LEADER and EMFF 2014-2020 Local Development Strategy are to:

Community engagement and research assisted to identify the priority outcomes for this new programme. The supported interventions within the identified themes will seek to achieve the following outcomes:


Outcomes What is to be achieved?
Increased local community capacity LEADER to help build skills and capacity in local groups and enterprises
More sustainable communities LAG to support the retention of young people
Increased local product/service LAG and FLAG to support businesses
Improved services and facilities through LAG and FLAG support
Increased links and partnerships formed creating opportunities to develop new networks and transferring knowledge
Increase in crofting activity LAG to help support and diversify the sector, including attracting more young people to the industry
Development of fishing communities Assist to add value and diversify. Investigate and undertake networking and co-operation projects to support sustainability.
Improved innovative local transport solutions Help link young and old people to employment and social activities to support sustainability and inclusivity.
Improved energy efficiency and more community renewable energy opportunities Supporting communities and businesses to access renewable opportunities. Supporting imbalances in communities with no renewable income generation provisions.
Increased visitor economy Supporting the visitor, food and drink, cultural and heritage sectors. Supporting the Scottish Focus Years.
Employment opportunities created Support initiatives which establish posts
Gaining new knowledge and skills Supporting networking and transferring of knowledge.

How these LDS themes and outcomes are linked is displayed on a table starting on p48.

The Scottish Government have stipulated that LAGs require apportioning their local LEADER and EMFF funding allocations as follows (p52):




Section 6: Turning Objectives into Practical Actions

The LDS is not simply about how LEADER or EMFF funding will be allocated as the LAG and FLAG must be able to demonstrate and develop the following:

How activities will be funded and where the gaps are is displayed in a table starting on p75.

The LAG and FLAG will ensure that inequalities are avoided and will also provide opportunities to develop projects for women, young people and older people as these are the groups which have been identified in particular that need support.