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The council tax hike is causing financial pain to island families, says the SNP group at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, which has received many representations from the community in the last few weeks.
The group’s councillors were unsuccessful in their efforts to block the near 5 per cent increase being imposed on local households.
Group leader, Councillor Gordon Murray, said the rise was excessive. ‘Energy prices and rents are increasing and so it is so sad that the majority of councillors disagreed with the SNP group and chose to exact the maximum tax on an already hard-hit community.’
The group made reference to the large amounts of reserves that the council could have used to mitigate the rise.
Councillor John A Maciver added: ‘It is disappointing that the council chose to increase council tax because it could and not because it had to.’