Council to discuss future of vital adult support service

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Councillors will this week consider how to keep a vital support service for adults going beyond the end of this year.

Alternative service proposals are to be considered for the Comhairle’s Employability Support services due to funding shortages.

The service, which incorporates the Hebridean Independent Living and Learning Service (HILLS), provides a service to four full time and eight part time trainees who require additional support.

A spokesperson for the Comhairle said: “A report on Employability Support, incorporating the HILLS project, is going to this series of meetings in which alternative service proposals will be put forward which aim to ensure that service provision continues for the four full time and eight part time trainees.”

He added: “This would operate on a pilot basis until March next year and if successful may be continued the following year. There has been no reduction in Comhairle funding for the project but as has been previously highlighted the external funding required ended last March.

“Temporary financial arrangements were put in place to allow the project to continue in its current form until December but this is no longer sustainable, hence the need for alternative service models to be looked at.”

The spokesman added that consultation with service users, carers and representative groups would take place in the near future.

On staff affected by the situation, he said: “There are currently 3.5 posts employed on the HILLS project. It has been known for some time that specific funding for the project was coming to an end.

“Staffing issues will be considered as part of the report. “