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Staff and volunteers thanked at Highland Council meeting for response to coronavirus crisis

By Gregor White

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Highland Council staff and others have been thanked for their work in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.
Highland Council staff and others have been thanked for their work in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

The work of staff and communities in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak was highlighted at a meeting of Highland Council's Inverness committee.

At a meeting of the committee yesterday membership of a new city and area recovery group was also agreed.

Councillors who will sit on the group are: Janet Campbell, Margaret Davidson, Graham Ross, Jimmy Gray, Emma Roddick, Bill Boyd, Emma Knox, Trish Robertson, Alex Graham, Isabelle Mackenzie and Andrew Jarvie.

Depute Provost, Councillor Graham Ross, said: “The recovery of Inverness city and area from the coronavirus health emergency within the wider context of the Highland recovery is vital to the whole economy of the region.

"We need to make sure we are prepared to deliver locally to ensure maximum benefit."

The committee unanimously praised council staff as well as staff from Eden Court and High Life Highland along with partner agencies, volunteers and community groups who pulled together to provide a humanitarian response to the health crisis.

Provost Helen Carmichael said: "The work by so many people has been critical in making sure that the most vulnerable people in our communities have received the support they have needed since March.

"The speed with which the co-ordination of the highly effective response was put into place was very impressive.

"It has been heartening to hear just how focussed, enthusiastic and creative everyone has been in pulling together to face such challenges.

"It reflects true community spirit, and partnership working so I am pleased that our committee had the chance to publicly praise and sincerely thank everyone for their terrific work and outstanding contribution.

"Such joined-up team work puts us in a strong position going forward."

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