Comhairle announces emergency fund

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has this week announced the launch of an emergency fund to support Western Isles charitable and community organisations facing financial difficulties following the subsea cable fault between Skye and Harris.

The comhairle will contribute up to £175,000 while additional funding of £300,000 from SSEN has been established through the repurposing of £150,000 of its existing community resilience funds, which has then been matched by the company as a goodwill gesture.

Funding will be administered by the comhairle to provide support directly to impacted organisations.

It is anticipated that the fund will be for a one-year period and it is hoped it will be operational by the end of this week.

The comhairle will be working with affected community bodies to ensure the funding is allocated quickly and efficiently directly to the affected organisations.