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Living Wage award nomination for Scalloway childcare centre

A POPULAR Scalloway childcare provider has been nominated for Living Wage Scotland’s “local champion” award. Hame Fae Hame, run by Kaye Sandison, last year became one of 2,190 Scottish employers officially accredited for paying the UK living wage of £9.50 an hour or higher to all its staff. The village-based firm, which last year won […] Shetland News …



People invited to get rid of unwanted marine pyrotechnics

ANYONE with unwanted marine pyrotechnics is being encouraged to hand them in to the coastguard on Wednesday. The ‘amnesty’ is for private boat owners and non-commercial fishing vessels only. It will be held at the entrance to the Staney Hill quarry between 10am and 6pm. The coastguard said the collection of these items is to […] Shetland News …


Nearly 20 SIC employees fall foul of council’s social media policy

EIGHTEEN breaches of social media policy have been identified by Shetland Islands Council on platforms including Snapchat and Facebook since it introduced guidance for staff. Eleven of these related to “communicating through social media outwith the requirements of codes of professional practice”. Six of the breaches stemmed from “accessing social media on a personal basis […] Shetland News …



Isles record 16 new Covid cases

THE recent spike in Covid cases locally shows no sign of abating as 16 new cases have been confirmed of the previous 24-hour period. The islands seven-day rate per 100,000 population continues to rise and stands now at 279.8, the highest prevalence among NHS island boards. Scotland-wide 6,152 new cases were detected from just over […] Shetland News …


Businesses struggle as number of local job vacancies closes in on 400-mark

SHETLAND is being held back by the ongoing labour shortage crisis, which appears to be affecting almost every sector in the isles. The shortage has been evident nationally since the spring and data released by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) on Friday suggests the picture will get worse before it gets better. Shetland appears […] Shetland News …


Overwhelming opposition to Tories’ ‘cruel’ Universal Credit cut

SHETLAND Islands Council, opposition politicians and the local Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) have united in strongly condemning the UK Government’s planned £20-a-week cut to Universal Credit. CAB estimates that the cumulative impact of the policy, due to take effect on 6 October, will cost families in the islands nearly £1.3 million a year, while the […] Shetland News …


Kite turbine project gets financial uplift

A SHETLAND based new energy company has been awarded £40,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help make kite energy a reality. Rod Read recently moved from Lewis to Shetland and is now in the process of setting up a larger test centre at the former oil airport at Scatsta. His company Windswept and […] Shetland News …