Island Communities Impact Assessments

What is an Island Communities Impact Assessment

Everything that the Council does affects people in Shetland.  Some decisions can have different effects on different groups or geographic locations in the community.  This can make it harder for some people to use a service or to be part of their community.

The Island Communities Impact Assessment is designed to improve outcomes for island communities in meaningful ways and is a new legal requirement.  

When a new strategy, policy or service is being developed, the Council can look at the needs of different island communities through an Island Communities Impact Assessment and consider how the proposal will affect them. The council can then think about ways to reduce any negative impacts so that everyone will be able to benefit from the proposal and improve outcomes for island communities.