A FIFE councillor has pleaded for more support to help local businesses following the pandemic and who are now faced with the cost-of-living crisis.

Dunfermline Central councillor Aude Boubaker-Calder raised the issue of support for struggling firms at a meeting of Fife Council last Thursday.

“I worked in a small business which had to close its doors in our local high street area despite being there for more than 20 years, due partly to the pandemic. I know how tough running a small business can be,” she said.

“If the new council administration could provide vital support to local businesses, it will be a great opportunity to see our brand-new city flourish in terms of creativity and diversity as well as having some much-needed tourism outcomes.

“I'm glad they are looking at how to devolve more powers locally – this gives local councillors who understand the areas the chance to work with local businesses positively.”

Cllr Altany Craik, the council's spokesperson for finance, economy and strategic planning, said work was continuing to support companies experiencing trading difficulties in recovery from the pandemic and through the effects of rising costs.

"The council continues to develop actions in leading an economic action plan which was designed short-term to support recovery," he added.

"A revised Fife economic strategy will be developed later this year."