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Highland Council to offer help for hospitality and tourism workers affected by coronavirus pandemic


By Louise Glen


Councillor Bill Lobban.
Councillor Bill Lobban.

HIGHLAND Council has said it is offering help for those in the hospitality and tourism sector living in the Highlands.

Highland Council is urging those from the hospitality and tourism sector who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus crisis to get in touch for support.

The Highlands has a large seasonal workforce, many living in ties accommodation provided by their employer.

A spokesman for Highland Council said: "The local authority is aware there may be individuals who have lost employment and potentially accommodation following decisions made by some businesses.

"Housing staff and the Department of Work and Pensions have already said they will assist the council where appropriate. Local community centres, hotels and hostels have also said they would assist with accommodation and food where necessary."

Council leader, Bill Lobban said: "We realise that many employers are economically affected by coronavirus and are having to make very difficult decisions about their businesses. We would urge any employer with staff in tied housing to contact us if they do not think they can sustain tied tenancies. That will allow our housing and welfare benefit staff to discuss housing options and avoid unnecessary homelessness. It will also allow us to ensure the welfare of people affected."

For further information from Highland Council workers can phone 01349 886606. Information is also available on its website www.highland.gov.uk/info/997/housing_advice/245/homelessness

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