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Orkney and Shetland

Rural & island communities facing a housing crisis

Rural and island communities are facing a housing crisis with second/multiple home ownership, holiday lets ...

By Fiona Grahame, The Orkney News

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SIC political leader Emma Macdonald. Photo: Shetland News

Shetland Island Council warns of workforce challenge as 10% of jobs remain vacant

SHETLAND Islands Council (SIC) is warning of its workforce challenges and the need to potentially ...

By Chris Cope, Shetland News

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Tough Times’ as Robison Delivers Her First Draft Scottish Budget

The Scottish Government has published its Draft Budget for 2024 – 25 with “funding targeted ...

By Fiona Grahame, Orkney News

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Shetland enters space age as SaxaVord gains ‘historic’ licence

SAXAVORD has become the UK’s first licensed spaceport for vertical rocket launches into orbit. The ...

By Hans J Marter

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Orkney Library: And So Much More

Local Authorities seeking budget cuts have looked to what they see as a softer option ...

By Fiona Grahame

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Council Convener Rejects Palestine Ceasefire Motion

IS DISCUSSING a motion that calls for a permanent ceasefire in the war between Hamas ...

By Hans J Marter

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Foodbank service manager David Grieve (left) with volunteers Peter Johnson, Kathleen Johnson, Morag Maver, Jenny Charman, Sue O’Dell and Rose Neise. Photo: Shetland News

Shetland: Well-supported foodbank essential for many in the isles

As the demand for emergency food parcels during the ongoing cost of living crisis rises, ...

By Hans J Marter, Shetland News

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The ODD Animals Charity Shop Kirkwall, Orkney Image credit Orkney News Ltd

The Orkney Pet Foodbank: Protecting Pets From Rising Food Costs 

The price of food in October 2023 was around 30 percent higher than it was ...

By Fiona Grahame, Orkney News

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Food bank use in West Dunbartonshire | Photo by Caroline Finn

Scotland communities rally to support increasing number of people requiring food assistance

The Trussell Trust charity recently revealed that they had distributed 128,490 emergency food parcels in ...

By The Scottish Beacon Reporters

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Burning Stove

Campaigning for Fairer Energy Prices for Households in Orkney and Shetland

In Scotland, 82,000 rural households (19%) rely on electric heating and 170,000 rural households (40%) ...
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Bowl of silver, decorated with four pairs of grotesque animals, interlocking, Pictish, from St Ninian’s Isle, 8th century. Photo: National Museums Scotland

Petition launched to bring St Ninian’s Isle treasure back to Shetland

A PETITION has been launched to bring the famous St Ninian’s Isle treasure back to ...

By Chris Cope, Shetland News

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Northern Invasion Gamers Tournament Return to Orkney

On the weekend of the 4th and 5th of November, as the fireworks flew overhead, ...

By Christie Grahame, Orkney News

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