IN A LAST ditch attempt, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott is urging the Scottish government once more to restore in full the air discount scheme.
Under ADS, flights from the Scottish islands to the mainland are 40 per cent cheaper, The scheme was introduced by Mr Scott in 2006 when he was Scottish transport minister.
In April last year, the SNP government stopped charities, voluntary and business people from islands using the scheme, arguing it did not comply with EU regulations.
Mr Scott said on Wednesday: “The European Commission approved the Scottish Islands ADS in 2006. They did so on the same basis as Corsica, Sardinia and other Islands where residency is the only criteria that is applied.
“In this Scottish budget the Nationalists should restore in full ADS. They have no reason not to. The EC doesn’t expect any change otherwise the schemes in Sardinia and Corsica would have to change.”
In addition to restoring the ADS scheme, Tavish Scott said he is pressing for more investment in social housing and colleges within the Scottish budget.
“I believe that in addition to fully restoring ADS, extra money should be found for new housing and college places.
“Hjaltland Housing Association and Shetland College would use any additional funds very effectively in building new homes, employing local builders and keeping college courses running to help people into work.”
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 430 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News