Highlands & Islands

Scottish rescue teams get UK government funding

Scottish mountain rescue teams are to share a £68,000 funding boost from the UK government.

The cash will go to 24 teams affiliated to the Mountain Rescue Council of Scotland.

The £68,000 forms part of £200,000 which will be made available to mountain, cave and cliff rescue teams throughout the UK.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced the funding. Three more years of grants are expected.

Allocations of money were calculated on the number of teams affiliated to national bodies, such as the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland.

In England and Wales £124,000 will be available to 48 teams and £8,000 to three in Northern Ireland.

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