Wishart launches petition on HIAL centralisation

Scottish Liberal Democrat Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart has today launched a petition aimed at halting the current centralisation of air traffic control and introduction of remote control towers and calls for a better modernisation programme for Highlands and Islands airports to be considered.

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Lib Dems secure meeting over testing at entry points

Scottish Liberal Democrat Northern Isles representatives have secured a meeting with the Scottish Government over the recent demands to look at the introduction of testing at island entry points.

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New figures show one in five homes in Shetland are in extreme fuel poverty

Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart has today called for a needle-sharp focus on tackling fuel poverty in Shetland after newly published figures published by the Scottish Government showed that nearly one in three households in Shetland are currently living in fuel poverty.

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Northern Isles MSPs call for ‘island-specific approach’ to live animal transport changes

Orkney and Shetland’s MSPs, Liam McArthur and Beatrice Wishart, have today (Tuesday) repeated calls for the Scottish Government to consider a more tailored and island-specific approach to proposed changes to live animal transport arrangements.

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Northern Isles representatives demand meeting to force consideration of testing at island entry points

Isles representatives, Beatrice Wishart MSP, Alistair Carmichael MP and Liam McArthur MSP have today called for an urgent meeting with the Scottish Government so that serious consideration can be given to mass testing at entry points to the Scottish islands.

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Immediate action needed to tackle geographical legal aid constraints

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Beatrice Wishart has today welcomed the suggestion from the Scottish Government to look at geographical inequalities that exist for people seeking legal aid, but warned that immediate action is needed to support those in the islands who are currently seeking legal aid assistance.

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Survey shows HIAL centralisation rejected by 92% of surveyed Islanders

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Beatrice Wishart today revealed that a recent survey of people in Shetland shows that 92% of those who responded are against the current remote towers plan to centralise air traffic control away from Sumburgh. 

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Scot Gov missing an opportunity by not implementing testing for island travellers

Isles representatives, Beatrice Wishart MSP, Alistair Carmichael MP and Liam McArthur MSP have today urged the Scottish Government to give serious consideration to mass testing at entry points to the Scottish islands after the Scottish Government said no plans were currently in place.

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Wishart reveals 4,600% increase in excess children mental health waiting times

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Shetland, Beatrice Wishart MSP has today revealed alarming figures highlighting the strain that mental health services on Shetland have been under since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Keeping Fuel Poverty Strategy ‘on ice’ is not justifiable

Northern Isles parliamentarians have today called on the Scottish Ministers to re-start the work on the Fuel Poverty Strategy “as a matter of urgency” after it was revealed that the Scottish Government’s work on the strategy has been on pause for almost a year. 

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