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Review of fragile areas and employment action areas

As part of our remit to sustain and develop communities, Highlands and Islands Enterprise supports projects in a range of fragile areas and employment action areas.

Fragile areas are characterised by declining population; under-representation of
young people within the population; lack of economic opportunities; below average
income levels; problems with transport, and other issues reflecting their geographic

Employment action areas are characterised by a lack of employment opportunities;
over-reliance on a single employer or sector; decline in jobs base through major
closures or structural change, and persistent long-term unemployment.

HIE undertakes a review of its fragile and employment action areas on a periodic basis.
This executive summary presents the findings of reviews undertaken in 2014.


Review of Fragile Areas and Employment Action Areas in the Highlands and Islands - executive summary
Published 09 Dec 2015
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