Public halls urged to take part in consultation over rates exemption

Public halls should take part in a consultation on the Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme, says Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.

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Scott: Government making excuses for teacher shortage

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott has today called on the SNP to tackle the growing teacher shortage after a school in Edinburgh was forced to write to parents to admit that they had been unable to recruit enough Maths teachers. 

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Tavish holds constructive meeting with Michel Barnier

Tavish Scott returned from Brussels after a constructive meeting with Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier. 

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Scott to discuss fishing and Brexit with Michel Barnier

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott will travel to Brussels this week, where he will meet with the European Commission chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.

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Letter from Edinburgh - 18 August 2017

Matt Forde is a comedian. Last weekend my kids took me to the Edinburgh fringe to watch him perform. His show was in one of the many venues in the Pleasance. When Edinburgh is not in festival mode the Pleasance is part of Edinburgh University. But on Sunday night one of its lecture theatres rocked with laughter. Forde does observational politics, some impressions but above all, pokes fun at governments, prime ministers and yes, the President of the United States. 

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23rd August - Northern Isles Digital Forum

Brae Public Hall on Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Organised by Alistair Carmichael MP and Tavish Scott MSP 

Participants: 

  • BT 
  • BT Openreach
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise 
  • Vodafone 
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Tavish calls for 'McCrone 2' to boost teaching

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has called for McCrone 2 - a root and branch review and new agreement on teachers’ terms and conditions and the demands placed upon them. 

The McCrone Agreement, reached sixteen years ago, was designed to take the teaching profession into the 21st century. 

Tavish Scott argued that a new independent root and branch review of the conditions teachers are working under is necessary given that workloads continue to increase and more powers and responsibilities are set to be handed to schools and headteachers

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Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 4th August

Imagine waiting 4 hours to pass through Sumburgh security? Indeed. It just does not happen. But that is the reality facing thousands of holiday makers going through airports across Europe this week. The English school holidays have started and August is a very busy month of travel from British airports to the Mediterranean. Holiday companies warned the government earlier in the year that immigration and passport control would be much stricter this summer at places like Majorca’s Palma airport. And so it has proved. I can only feel sorry for parents caught with children in a hot stuffy airport sitting on the floor for hour after hour snaking very slowly towards a passport check. 

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Tavish attacks SNP for burying critical education report

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish today attacked the Scottish Government for burying a new report by its International Council of Education Advisers, which contained criticisms of the SNP Government’s approach.

The Council expressed concerns that “…education policy was moving away from the ‘whole child’ approach of CfE towards a more specific, measurable approach…”. The experts also “advised against becoming too focused on changing the structure of the education system when, arguably, the more important aspects are the culture and capacity within the system”.

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Tavish Scott surgery 31st July

Monday 31st July, 1.00pm to 2.00pm;

Shetland Parliamentary Office, 171 Commercial Street, Lerwick

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