Borders MP Michael Moore welcomed the Treasury’s announcement last week that mountain rescue teams across the UK will receive £200,000 in additional funding in each of the next four years.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, made the pledge yesterday which earmarks £68,000 specifically for Scottish organisations.
The funding will be available to 75 teams performing mountain or cave rescue activity across the UK and will help support the costs of expensive rescue equipment
Commenting, Mr Moore said: “The work of mountain rescue teams is absolutely essential and our local Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team do vital work keeping tourists and locals safe in the hills and valleys across the Borders.
“The Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for increased funding and recognition of the teams so I warmly welcome this step which represents the first time the UK Government has given direct funding to mountain rescue services.
“Despite this additional funding from the Government, the teams will still depend primarily on charitable donations so I do want to encourage Borderers to continue giving generously to this fantastic cause.”