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Council funding settlement means a cut in real terms

COUNCILLORS and senior officials will continue to crunch numbers over the festive period following a proposed local government funding settlement that could lead to a further reduction in services. At 4.3 per cent, Shetland Islands Council has received the lowest cash increase of all 32 Scottish local authorities to run its services. As part of […] Shetland News …



West by-election not a ‘foregone conclusion’, Green candidate says

GREEN candidate for the Shetland West by-election Debra Nicolson says she will be “going out to win” the contest. She said she “won’t be sit back and think it’s a foregone conclusion”. In something of a streamlined re-run of May’s main election, Nicolson will again come up against the independent Mark Robinson and SNP candidate […] Shetland News …


Council workers offered improved pay rise but no agreement yet

LOCAL government workers in Scotland have been offered a pay increase of five per cent – but no breakthrough has been reached with the unions. It comes after the Scottish Government pledged another £140 million for council workers’ pay on a recurring basis. The five per cent pay offer, which was increased from 3.5 per […] Shetland News …



Bullying allegations raised at council meeting

A COUNCILLOR says some of his constituents who work for the SIC have alleged they have been bullied by managers. Alex Armitage, who represents the Shetland South ward, raised the matter at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday. He said he heard the allegations from constituents during the recent election campaign. The Green […] Shetland News …


Burra bridge painting and maintenance will cost more than £600,000

EYEBROWS have been raised over the cost of painting and maintaining the Burra bridge, which is set to come to nearly £700,000. This is around £290,000 more than Shetland Islands Council had initially budgeted for. However, the Scottish Government is providing significant levels of funding for the project through its local bridge maintenance fund. Shetland […] Shetland News …


Macdonald and Manson make history as they take on top council jobs

HISTORY was made this morning (Monday) after Shetland Islands Council appointed its first female leader and convener. The top jobs went to Emma Macdonald and Andrea Manson respectively, who both represent Shetland North. They were appointed following votes at what was the first meeting of the full council of the new term. Speaking after the […] Shetland News …


New council meets for first time to appoint to key roles

Welcome to Shetland News’ live coverage of the first meeting of the new Shetland Islands Council this morning at the former St Ringan’s Church in Lerwick. The councillors will decide who should take up the convener and leader posts, while the chairs of the various committees will also be filled. Appointments will also be made […] Shetland News …


Leask interested in leader role

ANOTHER councillor has expressed their interest in taking on the top job in the chamber. Stephen Leask, who was re-elected in Lerwick North and Bressay for a second term earlier this month, said he feels he could bring much to the role. Emma Macdonald and Ryan Thomson have already signalled their interest in the role. […] Shetland News …