Sunday 14 July 2024
 11.4°C   NNE Moderate Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Local Government Election 2012 / Steven Coutts

Steven Coutts
Steven Coutts
North Isles

I was born and raised in Yell and have lived in Shetland all my life. I am married to Cathrine and we have a young son, Rasmie.

I have had a varied career, and currently run my own business consultancy, offering support to small businesses and social enterprises throughout the islands. I also undertake work on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust.

I am standing for election because I believe I can bring a positive and fresh perspective to this crucial next term of the Council. I have a real fear that the scale and areas of proposed cuts have the potential to kill off our remote communities. They are also disproportionately targeting the vulnerable in the isles. I will fight strongly against these cuts.

My Vision for Shetland and the North Isles

• I want to see our island communities given the resources and support that they need to thrive, rather than having to fight just to retain what they’ve got.

• I want to see the most vulnerable given assistance, rather than targeted for easy cost savings.

• I want to see social and environmental impact given proper consideration in any major cost-cutting proposal.

• There is no value in saving money if it irreversibly damages our communities and our environment.

• I want to see greater openness and transparency from Shetland Islands Council

For access to my full manifesto please see:

Contact details
Phone 01595 830329


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 600 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.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.