Arran and Cumbrae Islanders most impacted by the cost of living crisis will be able to access additional help.
The Islands Cost Crisis Emergency Fund will target immediate support to people struggling due to the cost of living crisis, either through existing schemes or new support.
The Fund was identified as part of the Emergency Budget Review announced last month as the cost of living on islands is higher when compared to the mainland. Funding is being allocated directly to North Ayrshire Council (NAC) to support their island communities.
Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon MSP stated:
“Islands already experience higher costs of living, with some estimates around 20-65% higher than the UK average, with higher fuel costs, a colder climate and the lack of consumer choice intensifying the impact of the cost crisis on islanders.
“This fund was developed to enable local authorities to take urgent action in helping mitigate the impacts of the cost of living crisis on households.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“The Island Cost Crisis Emergency Fund will supplement existing resources and help to further support our island communities.
“NAC will now consider how best to provide the optimum benefit for Arran and Cumbrae”