Emergency funding to support island communities

Image shows red, yellow and blue houses in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull

Funding for initiatives to help Argyll and Bute’s island communities navigate the current cost of living crisis has been approved by councillors.

Argyll and Bute Council will direct £141,000 from the Scottish Government’s Island Cost of Crisis Emergency Fund to a range of measures, supporting island communities.

The Fund aims to support urgent action to help island residents facing financial challenges.

In the first year of funding, the council channelled £197,000 into initiatives including the Love Local Gift Card and topping up existing free school meal support.

Councillors have given the go-ahead for 2023/24’s funding allocation to support similar initiatives.

Councillor Liz McCabe, Policy Lead, Islands and Business Development, said: “The current cost of living crisis has created very challenging circumstances for many people across our communities.

“This is particularly true for the region’s islands with estimates showing that, due to a number of factors, those in island communities are facing, in some cases, around 20% to 60% higher costs of living than the UK average.

“Following on from the previous allocation, this latest Islands Cost Crisis Emergency funding will again go to support projects and initiatives which will help hard-pressed families and individuals in our remote communities.”

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