Highland Council has announced a 4% increase in council tax rates, a decision carefully considered to strike a balance between addressing financial shortfalls and minimizing the burden on residents. The council’s move stands in contrast to some other regions where rates have surged by as much as 10%, causing concerns over the economic strain on households.
Bill Lobban, Highland Council convener, emphasized the importance of being responsive to the challenges faced by local communities. He acknowledged the financial pressures experienced by residents due to rising costs of essentials such as electricity and food. Lobban highlighted that the region’s economy is not among the highest paid, making it imperative to prioritize the welfare of the people. He noted, “One of our main points here is that we are defending our residents.”