Shetland will host the Scottish government’s first summer cabinet meeting in July, it has been announced.
Lerwick is one of four towns, including Hawick, Campbeltown and Fraserburgh, to host government ministers for a series of meetings during the summer recess of parliament. The SNP government says it is part of a drive to connect with the outlying areas of the country.
Ministers will be in Shetland on 24th and 25th July, when there will be opportunities for local people to make their views known.
First minister Alex Salmond said the summer recess gave an “incredibly important opportunity” to get out and meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and communities and hear their views on a range of issues.
He said: “I know all of the cabinet are all looking forward to another exciting and valuable round of visits during this year’s programme. We will be talking and listening to local people in every corner of the country about the things that matter to them.
“I am determined that we continue to work with the people of Scotland to give them the stronger economy, fairer society and brighter future we all deserve.
“These summer cabinets are an important part of helping to build that future and I hope as many people as possible will join us during this exciting programme.”