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
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has spoken out following reports that the Scottish Government’s Rural Payments and Services system is causing further delays for crofters waiting for CAP payments.Read more
As the first gas from Total's Laggan-Tormore gas field 125 kilometres north west of Shetland flows through the Total gas plant at Sullom Voe, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said,
"This is an important first for Total, Shetland and the wider UK economy. There is nothing but doom and gloom from some about the future of oil and gas. Yet the prospects for west of Shetland developments look positive. The French company Total are to be congratulated in bringing the huge Laggan-Tormore field on stream. That is good news for Sullom Voe, Shetland and the wider economy.Read more
Tavish presses Scottish Government on CAP payments for Shetland
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today highlighted the uncertainty faced by many farmers and crofters across the islands as a result of delays with CAP payments.
Speaking in Parliament , Tavish noted that many crofters remain unaware how much money they can expect to receive. Agriculture Minister, Richard Lochhead, was unable to confirm how much money would be given to Shetland but said he would update banks providing vital assistance to crofters.Read more
Commenting on changes to the Croft House Grant Scheme, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said,
“Building costs in Shetland are higher than the Scottish mainland. So this is a helpful step but Shetland’s crofters have argued for a greater recognition of the actual cost of building in the islands.Read more
Ahead of today's Scottish Parliament scrutiny of the Education (Scotland) Bill, Tavish Scott has raised the issue of forcing local authorities to provide Gaelic education.Read more
Tavish Scott’s Liberal Democrat colleagues, Jim Hume MSP and Alison McInnes MSP, led a debate last week calling for a fresh approach to fuel poverty, as the Scottish Government remains on course to miss its target to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016.
National statistics published last month showed that more than one-in-three households remain in fuel poverty and one-in-10 in extreme fuel poverty.
According to the Scottish Housing statistics survey 2011-2013, Shetland has the third highest rate of fuel poverty in the country, after the Western Isles and Orkney respectively. Forty-three per cent of Shetland households are in fuel poverty and thirteen per cent of homes experience extreme fuel poverty.
The motion moved by Tavish Scott colleague, Jim Hume MSP, demanded that the Scottish Government reverse proposed cuts to fuel poverty programmes in the draft 2016-17 budget. It also called on Ministers to revise the 2016 fuel poverty target, examine whether its definition of fuel poverty needs to be updated and commit to additional measures to lift people out of fuel poverty.
It was the first dedicated fuel poverty debate by the full parliament since April 2014.Read more
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