Tavish challenges Sturgeon over farm payments

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Tavish last week challenged First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to ensure staff dealing with the failed £180 million IT system for farm payments are better supported ahead of the deadline for 2017 applications. 

The Scottish Government has had a poor track record on getting funding out to crofters and farmers, with some still waiting for their 2016 payments. Many applications are being dealt with manually, creating delays and uncertainty about when payments will be made.

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Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 28th April 2017

Being busy in the lambing shed means leaving the mobile phone on the kitchen table. Vodafone’s upgrade means that I can get 4G in the shed. But there is yet to be an app that tells me how to lamb a ewe with both legs back. 

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Tavish calls for action on problem debt

Tavish has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that Scotland leads the way in fair debt legislation. 

A report by StepChange Debt Charity, the largest provider of free over-the-phone debt advice, showed that record numbers of Scottish clients had contacted the charity for help in 2016. 

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Tavish champions MS Awareness Week

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Tavish has highlighted the work of MS Society Scotland as part of MS Awareness Week which runs until 30th April. This year’s campaign is focused on the vital role frontline MS Specialist nurses play in the care and support of people suffering with MS. 

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Tavish calls on Scottish Government to look at Shetland control room

An joint emergency service control room covering all Shetland’s blue light services should be examined by the Scottish Government Tavish said today.

Earlier at Holyrood he asked the Justice Secretary Michael Matheson to examine the merits of a joint control room to avoid the mistakes in calls outs that have happened in the past. The Scottish Government recently centralised the fire control room serving Shetland to Dundee. An air ambulance was sent to Shetland instead of Orkney. 

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Northern Isles MSPs press importance of local air traffic control

Tavish and Orkney MSP Liam McArthur this week met senior representative from Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) to challenge them on air traffic provision across the isles. 

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Tavish calls on ministers to reconsider health funding

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today met Health Secretary Shona Robison and pressed for NHS Shetland to be properly funded. This follows the Board’s proposal to save money by making patients travel to Aberdeen by ferry rather than plane.

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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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