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Highland Council keen to keep providing help to residents after coronavirus outbreak


By Scott Maclennan

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Highland Council wants to continue providing support to residents following the initial coronavirus emergency.
Highland Council wants to continue providing support to residents following the initial coronavirus emergency.

Highland Council wants to continue providing some pandemic-related support to residents across the region this autumn.

Councillors have been told officials have held "listening sessions" to understand how the local authority can work better with community groups to support people.

Similar sessions are planned with community groups over the summer to help assess local priorities for what the council describes as humanitarian assistance, community development and action.

A joint report by Carron McDiarmid, executive officer for communities and place, and head of policy Alison Clark recommends councillors agree to fewer people working on coronavirus-related support services.

They stated: “Many staff have worked long hours during the emergency period and with very little, if any, leave taken since Christmas, and we have agreed with trade unions that staff should have 10 days of their leave entitlement by the end of August.”

They added: “Given the anticipated financial impact still facing communities and individuals as furlough ends, the council will be working through Cosla to urge funding beyond the end of September in order to continue to provide humanitarian support to our communities.”

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