UK Government


SIC set to try again for Fair Isle ferry funding

SHETLAND Islands Council leader Steven Coutts says he expects the local authority to bid again for £25 millions of government funding for a new Fair Isle ferry. The council was knocked back last year in the first round of the UK Government’s new £4.8bn Levelling Up fund for a replacement ferry and associated harbour works. […] Shetland News …


SIC considers changes to the refugee transfer scheme

SHETLAND Islands Council (SIC), along with other Scottish local authorities, has been told to accept placements of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children as part of a national transfer system. Up until now the scheme had been voluntary and Scottish island councils due to their limited resources had not been expected to take any children asylum seeking. The […] Shetland News …


UK spending review ‘lacking ambition’, says Northern Isles MP

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has criticised the UK Chancellor’s spending review for a lack of ambition in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and just five weeks ahead of the EU transition period ending. The topic of Brexit was notable by its absence in Rishi Sunak’s address to the House of Commons on Wednesday, […] Shetland News …