Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 14th April 2017

Now admit it. Aren't you glad that United Airlines do not fly our air services? 

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Tavish condemns never-ending CAP shambles

Crofters in Shetland are still waiting for overdue Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) payments, something that Shetland MSP Tavish Scott will be raising as the Scottish Parliament returns today after its Easter break.

The Scottish Government spent £180 million on a computer system that does not work. Some crofters are still waiting for payments that are more than a year late. Different agricultural schemes including rural development, monies for agri-environmental schemes and the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) are all delayed. Tavish Scott has contacted the Scottish Government Agriculture Minister regularly on behalf of local crofters but the delays continue. 

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Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 31st March 2017

It has been an extraordinary week.

On Tuesday Holyrood voted for a second independence referendum in three years. The Greens were Nicola Sturgeon’s little helpers. Their votes were the ones that gave the SNP a majority in parliament.

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Tavish sceptical of HIE 'u-turn'

Tavish has today warned that the new overarching board should not jeopardise the future of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

In Parliament yesterday the Economy Secretary Keith Brown announced that plans for a national strategic board for enterprise and skills will go ahead. HIE and other agencies will retain their name but will be subject to the objectives set by the new national board. 

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Tavish announces Orca competition winners

Tavish visited Scalloway Primary School earlier this week to announce the winners of his Orca competition. The competition called for primary school pupils across Shetland to suggest a name for the cuddly Orca Tavish was given as part of his work as the Species Champion for the animal, and to design a poster raising awareness of Orca sightings across the islands. 

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Tavish calls for three year funding for Voluntary Action Shetland

Tavish has today called on the Scottish Government to introduce a more stable funding system for voluntary organisations. 

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Northern Isles MSPs call for island pilot Crown Estate scheme

Northern Isles representatives have jointly called on the Scottish Government to introduce pilot schemes for the management of the seabed in Shetland and Orkney. 

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Tavish congratulates newly elected MSYPs

Charlie Haddon and Sonny Thomason have been elected to represent Shetland’s young people at the Scottish Youth Parliament. The results of the election were announced earlier today at Isleburgh Community Centre, with 1059 people taking part in the vote. 

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Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 17th March 2017

I got the best email ever this week. It was entitled “MSP View on an Important Issue.”

As I read that I envisaged a demand for the Scott take on Nicola Sturgeon’s headlong rush into another referendum just two years after saying it was a “once in a lifetime” event. Which side, I deliberated, would this request come from? 

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Tavish - Sturgeon backs forcing Shetlanders on the boat

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Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has blasted the First Minister after she backed NHS Shetland’s plans to make Shetlanders travelling to Aberdeen for hospital appointments use the boat.

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