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Report reveals Banff and Buchan communities hardest hit by coronavirus impact


By Kyle Ritchie

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Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has asked for a meeting with Aberdeenshire Council bosses after a report found that communities in his constituency are being worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The local authority’s community impact assessment suggested that parts of Banff, Portsoy, Peterhead and Fraserburgh are more at risk from the impact of the virus than other areas of Aberdeenshire.

The council report focused on a range of measures including health, levels of poverty and job opportunities.

All the towns and communities considered the most vulnerable fall within Mr Duguid’s constituency of Banff and Buchan.

The MP has written to Aberdeenshire Council chief executive Jim Savege, asking for a meeting to discuss the findings and what action will be taken to address some of the issues raised.

MP David Duguid has called for a meeting with local authority chiefs.
MP David Duguid has called for a meeting with local authority chiefs.

Mr Duguid said: “I am keen to sit down with council leaders to discuss the findings of this report.

“It is alarming for me to see that all of the communities considered to be most vulnerable are in my constituency of Banff and Buchan.

“I want to learn more about the methodology used to compile this report and discuss the council's response.

“It is one thing to say that people living in parts of Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Banff may be more at risk – but we need to understand why and what can be done to address it.

“I look forward to exploring this in more detail and to offering what help I can as the local MP and a minister in the UK Government.”

The report is due to be considered by Aberdeenshire Council councillors today.

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