Published: 30/06/2012 17:00 - Updated: 29/06/2012 15:15

Council pledges support to maximise Dounreay benefits

THE lack of reference in the Highland Council’s new programme to what support could be offered to the thousands of people expected to be hit by a national benefits shake-up has been criticised.
Highland Council has pledged to work closely with the nuclear industry over the next five years.

THE Highland Council has agreed to work with the Far North’s nuclear industry to maximise benefits over the coming years.

The local authority’s pledge was made in its 128-point action plan set out on Thursday at a meeting of the full council in Inverness.

In the five-year plan the administration said it recognises the world-class skills of the workforce at Dounreay and will work with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the Dounreay Babcock Partnership, the Scottish and UK governments, as well as Highlands and Islands Enterprise, to ensure Caithness and north Sutherland reap maximum community benefits from the decommissioning process.

It comes just days after it was revealed the county’s economy is relying less on Dounreay for jobs.

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