Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has urged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to take clear action on the crisis surrounding farming payments.
The Scottish Government met with stakeholders yesterday and announced that less favoured area support scheme (LFASS) payments would be made based on 2014 claims, bypassing the IT system that has caused many of the delays this year.Read more
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott and Orkney MSP Liam McArthur today met with the Scottish Government’s Crofting Minister, Dr Aileen McLeod, to discuss the difficulties facing farmers and crofters across the Northern Isles.
Having both highlighted the issue previously in the Scottish Parliament, Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur took the opportunity again to reiterate to the Minister the impact delayed payments are having in the islands. Around half of farmers and crofters in Shetland and Orkney have yet to receive a payment and the Scottish Government has been unable to confirm when this will change.Read more
“Any new money for Shetland’s health services is badly needed but this looks like government spin from the government. GPs across Shetland have already been asked to find £300,000 of savings. Our Health Board have said they must make £3.9 million of savings – a 9% cut. And the Director of the Joint Integration Board responsible for health and social care in Shetland says that it will be extremely difficult to find savings. Any suggestion that all is well or there is new money when NHS Shetland are openly saying how tough things are is difficult to understand. We all depend on the ability, professionalism and dedication of nurses, GP’s, consultants and health staff. On their behalf we need to ensure that our health service is properly funded and not cut as NHS Shetland say.”
NHS Scotland has wasted nearly £50million on a computer for NHS24 that still does not work. At the Scottish Parliament Audit Committee today, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott questioned the boss of Scotland's NHS on this massive waste of public money. He contrasted this with the cuts now facing health services in Shetland. Tavish Scott has been told Shetland's GP practices have been asked to find £300,000 of savings.Read more
The Northern Isles need a permanent salvage tug not constant uncertainty says Shetland MSP Tavish Scott. The UK Government announced last night that the ETV based in Kirkwall will have a 6 month stay of execution. Tavish Scott is saying that the Northern Isles need a permanent solution rather constant uncertainty.Read more
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott, along with Orkney MSP Liam McArthur and former MSP and Prospective Candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Jamie Stone, have written to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to highlight the importance of keeping the emergency tow vessel (ETV) based in Orkney.
The tug, which was recently involved in the rescue of a Dutch cargo vessel, is approaching the end of its current contract. The MCA scrapped three tugs serving the rest of the UK in 2011. Concerns have been raised that the existing tug will be abandoned when UK Government funding is withdrawn for in March.
In their letter to the MCA's Chief Executive, Mr McArthur, Mr Scott and Mr Stone stressed the importance of ensuring a salvage tug is available in the Northern Isles coastal waters.
Next months UK Budget (16th March) must help the long term future of the oil ad gas industry in the North Sea says Shetland MSP Tavish Scott. Speaking as he toured the new £800 million Shetland Gas Plant at Sullom Voe he said:Read more
Tavish Scott comments on Auditor General’s CAP payments investigation
The Auditor General has responded to a letter from Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, about the delays in CAP payments affecting farmers and crofters.
In her letter, the Auditor General confirms that a report into the delivery of the new system will be published in May 2016.Read more
Tavish Scott today and fellow MSP, Liam McArthur, visited Loganair’s ‘spares hub’ site at Glasgow Airport.
Mr Maurice Boyle, Operations Director at Loganair, hosted the visit following a meeting last month in the Scottish Parliament with the Northern Isles MSPs. They were joined by Loganair's Head of Engineering, Barry Store.
Loganair’s ‘spares hub’ site was established to speed up the process of supplying parts for the Loganair aircraft fleet. In addition efforts have been made to recruit and train engineering support, in large part replacing those who have left the airline over recent times.Read more
Tavish Scott spoke in the broadband and mobile phone coverage in Parliament yesterday, having moved the motion S4M-15404, calling for further action to bring superfast broadband to harder to reach areas.
His speech was as follows:
The crime drama “Shetland” is currently screening on TV on a Friday. Most of us at home are watching it to see whether we are in it, whether any of our friends are extras are in it, or even just to see whether our house is in it. For those of us who do not watch it, Dougie Henshall is often on his mobile, not just in Lerwick but out in the wilds of the islands. That is where the TV series very definitely becomes fiction. I am pleased to say that there have been no recent murders in Shetland; nor has mobile phone coverage reached all the islands.Read more