Budget 2015 – no help for oil and gas industry

The absence of any help in the 2015 Tory Budget for the oil & gas industry will be raised in Aberdeen today. Shetland MSP Tavish Scott is meeting the Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Authority and UK Oil and Gas, the industry trade body. 

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Tavish welcomes reports that Six Nations will remain free to air

Tavish Scott MSP today welcomed reports that the Six Nations rugby tournament is set to remain on free TV following a rights deal being agreed with the BBC and ITV.

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Tavish demands any London funding boost for Health is used for Health in Scotland

Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, says that the SNP’s Holyrood administration must use the extra funding they could get, as a result of any UK budget increase in health spending, to improve the NHS in Scotland, with NHS Shetland’s past underfunding being addressed.

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Tavish seeks answers on Swimming cuts

Tavish Scott MSP today blasted the decision to slash funding from a children’s swimming programme that has helped thousands of young Scots learn to swim.

Scottish Swimming’s “Top Up” scheme has helped 30,000 children in Scotland gain confidence in the water.

The Scottish Government announced earlier this month that it would end funding for the programme, which support’s school lessons for primary school pupils. Mr Scott has tabled parliamentary questions asking what assessment the government has made of the decision on the number of children taking up swimming.

Speaking as he attended the Island Games in Jersey, Mr Scott said:

“Athletes like Michael Jamieson and Shetland’s own Erraid Davies have been an inspiration to children across Scotland and encouraged more and more people to take up swimming. Scottish Swimming’s “Top Up” programme helped thousands of school pupils gain confidence in the water.

“In Jersey this week we have seen people from Shetland and other islands representing their communities with distinction.

"The decision to slash this funding is incredibly short-sighted. The next generation of athletes need to start somewhere and the concern is that without this support, children will not be able to take up swimming in the first place.”

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Shetland Times Column 3rd July 2015

The Island Games are described as the Friendly Games... 

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Tavish Scott & Liam McArthur press Transport Minister on Government support for Air Services

The Scottish Government must recognise the cost and reliability problems that islanders flying south are facing. Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur today met Transport Minister Derek Mackay in the Scottish Parliament. Scott and McArthur pressed the Scottish Government to consider all options: 

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Tavish calls for Shetland Communities to come forward for Rural Broadband Scheme

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has today called on communities across Shetland to come forward for a rural 3G broadband scheme being run by Vodafone UK.

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Tavish accuses SNP of backtracking over Islands powers

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has accused the SNP of backtracking on its commitment to more powers for island communities.

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Northern Isles MSPs to push for better Air Services at meeting with Transport Minister

Orkney and Shetland’s lifeline air service must be cheaper, more reliable and efficient says Liam McArthur and Tavish Scott. The Orkney and Shetland MSPs will meet the Scottish Transport Minister today (Tuesday) in Holyrood.

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50% cut in the number of Shetland part-time students since 2008 – Audit Scotland

Student numbers have been fallen by 1,911 since 2008 says Audit Scotland. Part-time student numbers are down 50% in Shetland. These figures emerged at today (Wednesday’s) meeting of Holyrood’s Public Audit Committee. Shetland MSP Tavish Scott, a committee member pressed the Scottish Government on the £50 million funding cut to Scotland’s colleges at today’s meeting.

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