Tavish Scott, along with Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur, and Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, have called on Loganair to make sure passengers are kept in the loop on the operation of lifeline islands services as they met representatives from the company, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Shetland Islands Council at Islesburgh Community Centre last week.Read more
The failure of the Scottish Government to organise payments to crofters is hitting Shetland agriculture hard says Shetland MSP Tavish Scott. He has been inundated with crofters yet to receive any Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) croft payments. A new CAP starts this year. The Scottish Government have spent £178 million on a payments computer. Most Shetland crofters have not received any CAP payment.Read more
HNP Ltd provide an essential marine engineering service in Shetland. Other local engineering companies do the same. They complement each other to provide a one-stop-shop service. This makes Shetland's shore side business service attractive to visiting vessels that need engineering work and local boats.
Our local economy is at a cross-roads. Oil and gas companies are shedding workers. 65,000 have gone from the industry already. Crude oil prices are hovering at $30 a barrel. So costs are everything. Shetland needs to be highly cost competitive to win work. Winning work and providing a service is Job Number 1.
Yet HNP and their 16 employees are fighting for their future. Could HNP operate from a different part of Lerwick? Yes. But the company does not want to move. Should a company be forced to move by a landlord owned by the people of Shetland through a Trust? Most people think not.Read more
Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott highlighted the benefits of local services during a debate on young people and youth work yesterday.
Speaking in Parliament, he paid tribute to Shetland Islands Council’s youth services and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, which works with young people to develop employability skills through its leadership programme.
Shetland’s MSP also took the opportunity to highlight the work of Lerwick-based charity Mind Your Head, an organisation which relies on young volunteers to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.Read more
Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, has welcomed this week's development that the number of residents in Shetland has increased by seven per cent, with the permanent population of Scotland's 93 inhabited islands now standing at 103,700. Last December, the Bank of Scotland Quality of Life Survey ranked Orkney as having the best quality of life in Scotland, with Shetland in second place for the third year running and the Western Isles moving up to third place.Read more
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has urged the next Loganair Chief Executive to prioritise the needs of passengers, following the resignation of Stewart Adams yesterday.Read more
Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, has written to the Scottish fire chief asking what they are doing to recruit more people to the service before a tragedy happens.Read more
Tavish Scott and Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur, today met with Maurice Boyle, Operations Director at Loganair, who was appointed in November 2015.