Tavish invites new Cabinet Secretary to Shetland to discuss broadband rollout

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has invited Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary responsible for superfast broadband, to the islands to discuss the challenges of meeting the Scottish Government’s aim of 100% coverage by 2021. Just over half of households in Shetland are currently able to access superfast broadband, with areas such as Uyeasound and Yell facing speeds as low as 0.39Mbps. During the last session of Parliament, Tavish Scott asked Scottish Ministers for clarification on when and how these harder to reach areas would be able to access faster speeds.

In a letter to Mr Ewing, Tavish Scott also asked for clarity on what the Scottish Government’s plans will include and what role Community Broadband Scotland will play. 

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Tavish calls on crofters still waiting for payments to get in touch

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has issued a call to all crofters who are still waiting for their Basic Payment to contact the Lerwick RPID area office and his own constituency office following the commitment made by the new Rural Economy Secretary to resolve the ongoing problems with the new CAP system. 

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Scottish Government accepts more than half of croft payments budget still not spent

The new Scottish Agriculture Minister Fergus Ewing today admitted that more than 50% of the £500 million croft and farm payments budget has yet to be spent

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Tavish presses Scottish Government on broadband targets

Tavish Scott MSP has written to the new Cabinet Secretary responsible for broadband connections, Fergus Ewing, to highlight the importance of rolling out superfast broadband to the remotest areas of Shetland.

In the letter, Shetland’s MSP highlighted the difficulties facing residents in areas such as Uyeasound where current broadband speeds make even basic online tasks difficult. Concerns have been raised that households located the furthest from local exchanges will miss out on the rollout. 

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Tavish Scott encourages responses to Fair Isle consultation

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has highlighted the Scottish Government’s consultation on a Demonstration & Research Marine Protected Area (D&R MPA) proposal ahead of the deadline for submissions later this week.

The consultation, which consists of five questions, closes this Thursday, 26th May and could result in dedicated research being carried out into the Fair Isle seabird population and fish stock. 

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New Minister must deliver on ferry fares

Following the announcement of the new Scottish Government’s ministerial team, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has urged the new Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf, to take action to fulfil the promises made by the SNP during the election.

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Tavish launches his campaign

Tavish launches his campaign for re-election to the Scottish Parliament. 

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Putting Shetland First - Tavish's campaign for Shetland's future

An absolute commitment to put Shetland first is Tavish Scott's approach to the 2016 campaign for the Shetland constituency in the Scottish Parliament. Launching his campaign in Lerwick and on-line Tavish is putting schools, health, transport and local jobs at the heart of his campaign.

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Tavish presses for control of seabed to be put in Shetland's hands

During a Parliamentary debate on the Scotland Bill earlier today, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott called on the Scottish Government to accept that control over the seabed must be given to the islands. 

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Tavish comments on Digital Forum

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An EE mobile phone shop in Shetland, details on when local areas will get broadband investment and more money for Shetland broadband were all raised at the recent Shetland Digital Forum chaired by Shetland MSP Tavish Scott. Representatives from EE, BT and Highlands and Islands Enterprise gave presentations on the present status of mobile and broadband in Shetland at Islesburgh on Saturday. More than 40 people came including representatives of Shetland Telecom, the SIC and many community councils across Shetland. 

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