Council ‘lurching into a crisis’, Duncan says

Shetland Islands Council is “lurching into a crisis”, according to councillor Allison Duncan.

Mr Duncan was referring to the SIC’s financial situation, which was referred to as unsustainable in the council’s unaudited accounts to 31st March 2021.

The accounts predicted the council could have a financial deficit of £103.6 million by 2025/26.

And the Shetland South representative accused councillors of “leaving the deficit for the next council”.

“We’re just leaving it for a rainy day for others to resolve, which is not appropriate.”

Mr Duncan was also critical of figures that showed 33 per cent of people in council properties were behind on their rent.

The SIC’s rent arrears increased by £84,000 over the last year – a figure he called “very serious”.

“It’s going to take years before we can get any of that money back at all.

“I think that’s unacceptable.”

He said there were people working very hard to pay their rent each month, while others were “getting away from it”.

Finance manager Jamie Manson said the increase in arrears was “not unexpected”, particularly due to the effects of Covid on people’s finances.


Add Your Comment
  • Robert SANDISON

    • August 18th, 2021 21:44

    When you consider that a large percentage of council tenants have their rent paid for by housing benifit then the true figure of people who actually have to pay their rent and are now behind on their rent is much higher than 33% .


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 If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.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.