Shetland Islands Council

‘Poverty in Shetland is an insidious thing’, councillor says

MORE councillors have supported the idea of using a little extra from the local authority’s reserves to tackle poverty in Shetland. South mainland member Robbie McGregor said “poverty in Shetland is an insidious thing”. Speaking at a meeting of the council’s audit committee on Wednesday, SNP member McGregor placed blame at the door of the […] 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 …


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 …


Let’s work together, SNP councillor says after Green agreement

SHETLAND’s sole SNP councillor says the isles should work in partnership with both his party and the Greens following their power sharing agreement. Robbie McGregor said he was “delighted” that a deal was struck. The agreement still needs to be ratified by members of the Scottish Green Party. The party will hold an extraordinary general […] Shetland News …


Councillor floats idea of devolving some fisheries control to Shetland

A LOCAL councillor believes it is worth exploring the idea of Shetland gaining control of its fisheries out to the 12-mile limit. Duncan Anderson, who represents the North Isles, pointed to the Scottish Islands Act which gives scope for local authorities to request more powers or functions. The Scottish Government has the responsibility for managing […] Shetland News …


SIC leader keen for clarity on timetable for easing restrictions

COUNCIL leader Steven Coutts says he is looking to engage with the Scottish Government to find out what exactly this week’s announcement on easing coronavirus restrictions will mean for Shetland. On Tuesday the first minister said that the islands currently in level three – such as Shetland – would have the “option” to drop to […] Shetland News …


Council motion calls for air traffic control project to be paused

A MOTION is to go in front of councillors next week calling on Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) to pause plans to centralise air traffic control in Inverness so it can give “proper consideration” to a recent islands impact assessment on the controversial project. The motion is proposed by Shetland South councillor George Smith […] Shetland News …



Communication from government among greatest challenges for council during Covid outbreak, chief executive says

THE “GREATEST challenge” faced by Shetland Islands Council during the coronavirus outbreak was the communication between local and national government, according to chief executive Maggie Sandison. She said the council was often hearing about new rules or restrictions at the same time as the public and the press. Sandison also said another issue has been […] Shetland News …