Cost of everything and value of nothing (George Smith)

The recent revelations about the proposals to investigate the introduction of frozen meals for those receiving meals on wheels and to close the Freefield Centre are just two examples of the old council knowing the cost of everything but the value of nothing.

Thankfully, the new council will make the final decisions on these and a number of other proposed cuts to services, some of which would affect the more vulnerable people in our community.

If I am successful in being elected to the council, I shall be insisting that proper research and analysis of the likely economic and social effects of any proposed cut to frontline services be carried out before any decision to implement the cut is considered.

For the record I shall not be supporting the introduction of frozen meals.

George Smith

Prospective councillor,

Shetland South.


Add Your Comment
  • Sylvia Shearan

    • March 18th, 2012 10:59

    I nearly missed your non support closing sentence because of the really badly placed Flybe advert!!!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    • March 18th, 2012 11:05

    I agree entirely with George. I hope that if you are elected, you and your fellow Councillors will look at the social and economic impacts of any cuts to the islands. This current Council have made rash decisions based on a ‘quick fix’ attitude to cost cutting without taking into consideration the devastating effects on our communities. They have also taken the easy route of making the most severe cuts in areas where they never set foot, with lower population to make a fuss.


Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.