Those who regularly don their winter jackets
will be pleased to hear that annual funding given to mountain rescue teams in Scotland is set to increase.
Justice secretary for the Scottish government Kenny MacAskill announced yesterday (December 12th) that the yearly amount distributed to the 27 Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland teams is to go up from £300,000 to £312,000.
A one-off grant of £12,000 was also confirmed for the 2011-12 period, in order to provide cash for communications equipment.
In addition, £15,000 in partnership funding will be donated.
Mr MacAskill said the rescue organisation is vital and the money will help it to continue providing a "first class" service.
Chair of the committee, Jonathan Hart, expressed deep gratitude and remarked on the importance of the funding to those who may at some point need assistance on the mountains.
Meanwhile, the walking and climbing community became the latest target for Jeremy Clarkson, who questioned the use of public money to pay for RAF Mountain Rescue services.
"Why should I fund the rescue of a rambler? He or she chose to go out there in the mountains. He or she knew the risks," he remarked.