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Coronavirus / Government reiterates ‘stay at home’ message in response to calls for traveller testing
Opinions / Island self-determination ‘completely normal’Frustrated with the limitations of local government in Scotland since devolution, Shetland Islands Council decided earlier this year to look closely at the options of clawing some back political powers from Edinburgh and thus reviving local democracy. Here, council convener Malcolm Bell sets out the case for self-determination.
Community / Contract to boost connectivity in north of Scotland signed after legal delayShetland MSP Beatrice Wishart calls for speedy implementation, as ‘people deserve a realistic timescale’
Coronavirus / Person with Covid-19 ‘stable’ in Gilbert Bain, health board confirmsIslanders advised to ‘choose between’ existing restrictions or extended Christmas bubble
Council / Shetland starts quest for more powers with online debateCouncil convener Malcolm Bell says local government has become nothing more than a ‘delivery arm of central government’
Politics / UK spending review ‘lacking ambition’, says Northern Isles MPCarmichael critical of public sector pay freeze and international aid cut
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Coronavirus / Government ready to step in and support air services again
Letters / The risk of flooding and peat slides
Coronavirus / Household visits continue to be banned as Shetland is placed in tier oneThis news article will be updated throughout the day
Coronavirus / Uncertainty over whether students may be able to go home for Christmas
Transport / Air Discount Scheme savings redirected to support HIALClaims to the Scottish Government’s discount scheme are down by over £4 million this year as fewer islanders fly
Coronavirus / Stringent new hospitality restrictions announced to prevent another lockdownCafes limited to 6am-6pm opening; indoor alcohol sales banned
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Updated First minister announces tough new Covid-19 restrictions but no national lockdown
Community / Hame Fae Hame wins major government funding
Politics / UK government on SIC motion: ‘We will always be stronger together as one United Kingdom’
Coronavirus / Government gives more details on islands green recovery fund
Council / Extra money for town centre improvements
Politics / Wishart left disappointed by government programmeMSP keen to see more on broadband, Fair Isle ferry, fixed links and transport costs
Council / Government takes bashing from councillors on ferry fundingSNP councillor Robbie McGregor says he will raise the issue with finance secretary Kate Forbes
Education / Expanded early learning programme now available across Shetland
Health / Islands patients ‘cut adrift’ from parts of health service
Council / SIC to receive funding for young people who have been in care
Letters / Lies, damned lies and statistics
Education / Funding announced for extra teachers and health protection measures in schools
Politics / Island councils secure £100 million government investment deal
Letters / ‘It’s breaking my heart’Back in April 2015, former vice chairman of Sustainable Shetland, James Mackenzie, was invited to give a presentation to a Planning Democracy event in Glasgow. Among other things, the conference explored options for a more equitable planning system, including the idea of equal rights of appeal to create a level playing field that allows communities the same rights as developers. Mackenzie has now submitted his presentation as a letter to Shetland News, saying “not much has changed since then [2015] except that SSE is now the sole owner of Viking Energy”.
Updated Scotland to continue with the two metre distance rule while wearing face masks in shops becomes compulsory
Education / Schools could re-open fully in mid-August if progress against virus continues
Community / Community council schemes intended to help those affected by coronavirus
News round-up / Chocolatier shop to close, Covid community support, Carers’ grant, Eddi Reader concert postponed
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