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COST OF LIVING CRISIS: Families and businesses still face huge increases in their costs, says Highland Council leader Raymond Bremner

By Val Sweeney

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Highland Council leader Raymond Bremner.
Highland Council leader Raymond Bremner.

Families and businesses are still facing huge increases in living costs in the coming weeks and months, the leader of Highland Council has warned.

Councillor Raymond Bremner made his comment following today's announcement from the UK Government to provide support for households and businesses facing spiralling energy bills.

Cllr Bremner also said a report on the cost of living crisis will be discussed by councillors later this month.

Energy price caps welcome

"I welcome any support for people and businesses struggling to pay their bills," Cllr Bremner said.

"We are facing the biggest cost of living crisis in decades.

"The details are yet to emerge, but what’s on the table will still leave families and businesses with huge increases in their costs over the coming weeks and months and our young people and future generations will be paying the cost of this for many years to come.

"This is a bigger emergency than even the pandemic, with an immense risk to lives and livelihoods.

"This is also a cost crisis for local authorities. We are facing the same pressures in the cost of energy, pay, construction, transport, goods and services.

"We are already doing many things to help communities with the cost of living crisis, within the powers we have.

"We will also be bringing a paper to Council on 22 September on the cost crisis.

"This will set out our responsibilities as a council, how we plan to address the current situation, and what we can potentially and practically do right now to provide support to communities, as well as signposting further work to understand how we can best direct our resources, which will come to committee in October."

The council papers will be published on September 16.

A new webpage is being developed which will set out all help, support and advice for the cost of living crisis.

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