Scott and McArthur comment on Islands Bill

Tavish has joined Orkney MSP Liam McArthur in warning that proposals for an Islands Bill must "be more than a tick box exercise". 

Their comments come in response to the publication of the Islands (Scotland) Bill. 

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Tavish comments on decommissioning announcement

Commenting on the news that the Buchan oil vessel will be decommissioned in Shetland, the Islands' MSP Tavish Scott said:

"This is tremendous news for Shetland. Lerwick Port Authority and their partner companies have been working very hard to attract decommissioning business to Shetland. 

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Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 26th May 2017

On Tuesday morning I introduced the deputy chief minister of Gibraltar to a parliamentary meeting. 

Joseph Garcia is a politics graduate of Hull University, has been in the government of Gibraltar for many years and is a liberal. He also has young children. 

On Monday night many parents watched their children head to a music concert in Manchester. Some never got home. We had a moment’s reflection on Tuesday where we thought about our children. 

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Tavish comments on NHS Shetland travel decision

NHS Shetland has announced it will no longer seek to ask the majority of patients travelling to Aberdeen for medical treatment to travel by boat. 

The policy proposal proved deeply unpopular and led to two online petitions signed by hundreds of people across Shetland.

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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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