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SHETLAND MAY KEEP SPECIAL POWERS IN REFORM BILL

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Shetland Islands Council may be able to keep special powers in the Local Government (Scotland) Bill, the Scotsman r...
Shetland Islands Council may be able to keep special powers in the Local Government (Scotland) Bill, the Scotsman reports (p6).

There had been fears that the Zetland CC Act 1974 would be abolished, removing powers that the council gained at the start of the oil era.

However, the Scottish local government minister, Allan Stewart, has written to the local MP, Jim Wallace, to say that the Scottish secretary could exempt the act from repeal under council reform if the islands council wished. He said that officials would inform the council of the procedures for applying for an exemption.
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