Deputy FM's office to be investigated by Information Commissioner

In a letter to Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott, the Information Commissioner has confirmed that he will be investigating the Deputy First Minister's office over its handling of freedom of information requests.

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Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur win lifeline ferry funding in the Budget

Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur have today won vital funding for internal ferry services in Orkney and Shetland in exchange for voting for the Scottish Government’s budget at Stage 1.

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Scott presses for Sumburgh helicopter crash FAI

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today pressed for a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) to be held into the 2013 helicopter crash in which a Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma Mk 2 crashed into the sea 2 nautical miles west of Sumburgh, Shetland with four fatalities. Tavish has passed a parliamentary motion calling recognising this issue.

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Scott backs transparency campaign "Get It Minuted"

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has today called on the Scottish Government to improve transparency and accountability, warning that “There can only be one reason that government ministers do not keep a formal record of a meeting. They have something to hide."

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Scott presses government for isles transport fund for sport

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today called for a travel fund for island sportspeople which he said was “long overdue.”

 

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SNP class size commitments in tatters

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said the SNP's class size commitments are "in tatters" after new statistics showed that they remain at their highest rate since the SNP took office. 

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Parliament confirms Government must now support fair ferry funding

In a debate in the Scottish Parliament today, Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur secured the support of MSPs from across the chamber and forced the Scottish Government to accept that they must honour their commitment to fair funding for internal ferry services in the Northern Isles.

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Tavish: bursaries and grants have been decimated on the SNP's watch

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said the SNP have taken three steps back when it comes to supporting students after new statistics showed that bursary support for students in Scotland is nowhere near levels seen in 2007.

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Tavish presses government on future of structural funds

Shetland projects that have benefited from European funding face a financial cliff edge after March 2019. 

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FSB Island Bill Survey

The Federation of Small Businesses are currently conducting research into what it’s like to do business on Scotland’s Islands as part of their work around the Islands Bill. They are looking to get views from local businesses. 

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