Wishart seeks update on Fuel Poverty Strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, is seeking Scottish Government answers on the progress of the Fuel Poverty Strategy and appointments to the Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel. Facing a winter with possible fuel shortages Ms Wishart wants to ensure there is no household forced to go cold this year.

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Wishart launches petition for new hospital

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has launched an online petition for a new hospital for Shetland. Highlighting the 1950s design, little opportunity to achieve the modern hospital requirements of today and future-proofing island requirements, Ms Wishart is asking for Shetland residents to show the Scottish Government the strength of support for a new hospital.

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Wishart calls for doubling of Warm Home Discount to prevent pensioners going cold this winter

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart is calling for £61,460 to combat rising energy bills in Scotland. Ms Wishart and the Liberal Democrats are calling on the UK Government to double the Warm Home Discount for existing recipients and make it available to over 22,000 extra pensioners across Scotland. The measure would prevent pensioners being forced to “choose between eating and heating”, says Wishart.

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Wishart highlights North Highland support group for Endometriosis UK

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, recently met with North Highland support group for Endometriosis UK to point women to the services available. The North Highland support group covers Shetland and Orkney, and is open to anyone suffering from the debilitating disease.

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Shetland MSP highlights limits on rural mental health support

Beatrice Wishart, Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP,  participated in the World Mental Health members debate in the Scottish Parliament ahead of the annual World Mental Health Day, 10th October. Ms Wishart referred to this year’s theme of Mental Health in an Unequal World, highlighting the need to improve parity of mental health care with physical care the world over.

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Fixed links – communities keen for further exploration

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has questioned panellists on fixed links during a Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment (RAINE) Committee session. Raising the spectre of ageing ferries impacting the economies of smaller islands Ms Wishart asked for thoughts on connecting islands by tunnels.

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Wishart opposes Shetland West boundary change

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart opposed changes to the boundary for Shetland West council ward. Speaking against the motion in the Scottish Parliament Ms Wishart raised the concerns put to her by constituents that a new two-member ward for Shetland West would mean councillors would not be able to serve local residents appropriately across the full range of statutory and non-statutory commitments.

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Shetland's local hero meets royals

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has commented on the official opening of the Sixth Session of the Scottish Parliament. MSPs were invited to nominate one ‘Local Hero’ to come to Holyrood for the ceremony.

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Wishart hammers home ferry freight capacity issues to First Minister

Shetland MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat, Beatrice Wishart, has questioned the First Minister on the impact of limited ferry freight capacity to the Northern Isles. Ms Wishart stressed that without sufficient infrastructure there can be no economic growth.

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Wishart questions ambition of Scottish Government housing plan

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Housing on whether the Scottish Government’s housing plans were ambitious enough during a session of portfolio questions. Highlighting Shetland’s perfect storm of building material shortages, a heated housing market and a lack of affordable homes and social housing, which Ms Wishart said was mirrored across Scotland.

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