Cllr Steve Sims has hit back at a newspaper report that Cornwall taxpayers may have to subsidise the islands' council.
VICE CHAIRMAN HITS BACK AT WEST BRITON HEADLINE
The West Briton printed an article yesterday with the headline 'Cornwall taxpayers may have to bail out cash-strapped Isles of Scilly council by sharing more jobs'.
It claimed that with the islands' council facing the possibility of cutting services as much as 40%, Cornwall Council is stepping in to help reduce the authority's costs by taking on roles such as Monitoring Officer and Chief Fire Officer.
However, Scilly's Vice-chair of Council Steve Sims said that while the body of the article is "spot on", the headline is "misleading and alarmist nonsense".
He said: "There is no question of Cornish taxpayers bailing out the Islands. At worst it will be cost neutral for Cornwall with a saving to the islands.
"As the article says, 'All collaborative arrangements must be mutually beneficial to both [Cornwall] Council and the Isles of Scilly and, wherever possible, provide a modest net external income stream to [Cornwall] Council while realising revenue savings for the Isles of Scilly."