Impacts of climate change to stretch Scottish household budgets, says new research
New research by the University of Dundee and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has warned climate change will increase pressure on household budgets, with already disadvantaged groups particularly at risk. Their new report, Community Resilience to Climate Change, is based on work with three flood-prone communities in the Scottish Borders - Hawick, Peebles and Newcastleton.
Commenting on the results of the study, Professor Ioan Fazey of the University of Dundee noted: "Climate change will create ongoing stresses including a likely increase in food prices that will put pressure on already-stretched household finances. When we talk about developing community capacity for resilience, we are referring not only to things like flood defences but also practical measures such as assistance to manage household budgets."