SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that an additional £1 million is being put forward to help ease the impact of the cost of living crisis on island communities.
The new funding will help mitigate the unique cost of living challenges faced by people living on Scotland’s islands such as colder climates, higher fuel and energy costs and reduced consumer choice.
The support will be delivered through the Islands Cost Crisis Emergency Fund and distributed via local authorities who will be able to target where they feel it will be most effective and towards people, communities and businesses who are struggling the most.
Alasdair Allan MSP commented:
“The islands are being hit particularly hard by the cost of living crisis. Pressures from rising energy costs, fuel costs, food prices and house prices are being felt more acutely here than the mainland.
“I’m pleased the Scottish Government has been able to allocate extra funding towards helping struggling island communities and businesses. This will mean an additional £257,000 can be used by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to target support at those who are most in need.
“This funding is very welcome, though I recognise it can only go so far. This is a Westminster-made cost of living crisis and today’s announcement is yet another example of the Scottish Government having to step up and mitigate the impact of decisions taken elsewhere.”