17th September 2019
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Employees ‘being paid’ to move house, claims councillor

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Alec Priest claims North Isles residents are being encouraged to move away

A major employer is offering thousands of pounds to North Isles residents in a bid to lure them to the Mainland, according to a councillor.

North Isles member Alec Priest, of Yell, made the claim in a public meeting in Lerwick Town Hall this morning (Thursday), but would not be drawn on the name of the employer.

Mr Priest said: “They [residents] are being paid to leave the isles and I’m almost losing sleep over that, to be honest.”

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  1. Christopher Johnston

    Evidently the Councillor was more candid with others as the employer mentioned is the gas plant at Sullom Voe.
    SIC seems unable to address building fixed links, be they bridges or tunnels, because they first put out their begging bowl to Holyrood and are always put off. It seems to me that a portion of Shetland’s large trust fund moneys should be invested in these links; waiting on Holyrood is counterproductive.

  2. john ridland

    The S I C pays a relocation package for some or all of its top/ middle jobs ……..!

    • Steven Jarmson

      To move to Shetland.
      UK to Shetland is a pretty tough commute!!


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