Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch have the highest level of mortgage arrears in Scotland, according to a new report.

National debt charity, Step Change, revealed that 29 per cent of their clients in this particular area are affected by mortgage debt, with the average being a colossal £16,155.

The average debt for the Highlands and Islands as a region was £4,612 and for Scotland was £2,832. Step Change helped over 30,000 people in Scotland last year.

The same report also showed that the Highlands and Islands has the highest electricity bill arrears out of the eight Scottish regions with £1,143, and the second highest for gas debt at £685.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "These figures are extremely worrying, driven by higher utility costs and more economic fragility. Behind every figure is a family struggling to make ends meet and feeling the weight of debt on their shoulders.

The wildfire was believed to have been caused by a "small piece of metal from welding."

Nearly five square miles of forestry and moorland have been destroyed in the blaze.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager, Mike Collier, revealed the cause of the fire and stated: "Wildfires can travel at incredible speed when fanned by the wind. Please be careful when out in the countryside in dry conditions."

Two new features have made booking online with CalMac easier.

The ferry and harbour operator has now introduced new features to their web booking system that allows customers to save payment details and make changes to reservations online.

CalMac's Head of Customer Services, Alan Hood said: "Feedback from our customers told us that they wanted an improved ability to 'self-serve' tickets, and modifications to bookings, 24-hours a day.

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