The Moray social care sector has been boosted by £860,000 to deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus.
This funding was confirmed by the Scottish Government as part of a £50 million package for the sector to be shared out across the country.
Moray’s share will help them meet the “inevitable” additional costs of the pandemic.
Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland have all put in place mobilisation plans to ensure the health and social care system is as well placed as possible to address the pandemic.
MSP Richard Lochhead welcomed the funding and said it was much-needed at this difficult time.
He said: “The social care sector is at the frontline of the current pandemic and will inevitably face additional costs.
“This funding demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to social care – and will ensure that any increasing need for social care as a result of the pandemic is met.
“I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone in Moray when I share my gratitude towards those working in social care, and all of our frontline key workers, who are doing vital work in the most difficult of circumstances.”