Teachers shouldn’t be the “backstop” to tackle child poverty

Responding to comments by Scotland’s largest teachers’ union, the EIS, on teachers being unable to tackle the impact of child poverty on education by themselves, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

“We know one in four children in Scotland live in poverty. The figures are getting worse and that is shameful. No child should have to depend on the kindness of teachers for food or clothing and teachers shouldn’t find this unexpectedly part of their job description.

"After years of Liberal Democrat pressure, the Scottish Government eventually introduced their version of the pupil premium which has been successfully used to provide breakfast and lunch clubs elsewhere in the UK. However, the Scottish Government's version falls far short of the resources which are needed here.

"Teachers, faced with mounting bureaucracy and a lack of resources, have got enough on their plate without being the backstop to tackle child poverty too."

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Scott welcomes re-tendering of Northern Isles ferry services

Shetland’s lifeline ferry services will be re-tendered following an announcement made today in Holyrood by the Scottish Transport Minister. The new contract must be in place by October 2019.

Speaking today in the Scottish Parliament Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said,

“The uncertainty over our lifeline ferry services has now ended. The Scottish Government have taken the right decision. Serco Northlink have proved both adaptable and flexible in meeting the needs of passengers and Shetland’s economy. They have particularly recognised the need to ensure Shetland’s £300 million seafood industry can always export to Aberdeen with minimum disruption.

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Scott welcomes FM looking into HIAL airport charges

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today welcomed a commitment by the First Minister to look into the issue of car parking charges at Sumburgh Airport. Highlands and Islands Airports Limited’s (HIAL) have announced parking charges at Sumburgh, Kirkwall and Stornoway airports without any consultation.  

 

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Scott and McArthur slam island airport carpark charges

Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur have today condemned Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd’s (HIAL) decision to introduce a £3-per day parking charge at Stornoway, Kirkwall and Sumburgh airports.  The charges are set to be introduced during the busy summer season.

 

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Scott: studies show leaving the EU will hit agriculture

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today warned that the agriculture industry could suffer as a consequence of the UK leaving the European Union. His comments come as Scotland's Rural College researchers concluded that after looking at three possible economic scenarios as a result of Brexit, all three situations saw agriculture suffering and farmers ending up worse off.

 

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Deputy FM's office to be investigated by Information Commissioner

In a letter to Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott, the Information Commissioner has confirmed that he will be investigating the Deputy First Minister's office over its handling of freedom of information requests.

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Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur win lifeline ferry funding in the Budget

Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur have today won vital funding for internal ferry services in Orkney and Shetland in exchange for voting for the Scottish Government’s budget at Stage 1.

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Scott presses for Sumburgh helicopter crash FAI

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today pressed for a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) to be held into the 2013 helicopter crash in which a Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma Mk 2 crashed into the sea 2 nautical miles west of Sumburgh, Shetland with four fatalities. Tavish has passed a parliamentary motion calling recognising this issue.

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Scott backs transparency campaign "Get It Minuted"

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has today called on the Scottish Government to improve transparency and accountability, warning that “There can only be one reason that government ministers do not keep a formal record of a meeting. They have something to hide."

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Scott presses government for isles transport fund for sport

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today called for a travel fund for island sportspeople which he said was “long overdue.”

 

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