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Highland councillors vote to shut 23 service points

Highland councillors have voted 13 to 9 in favour of a plan to shut council service points in the region.

The service points allow the public to get face-to-face advice on council services.

The council has proposed closing 23 of its 35 offices, including in remote locations such as Durness, Acharachle and Gairloch.

Critics of the cuts said older people who have no computer access would be badly affected.

The council said there has been a fall in demand at service points.

It also said that almost a third of customers wanted to be able to access services online.

The vote was taken at the local authority's finance, housing and resources committee.

Councillors opposed to the plan wanted the number of offices to remain unchanged.

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