WEST Dunbartonshire’s Labour-led council has unveiled a £5million support package to help local people with the cost-of-living crisis, which would see residential care charges scrapped.

Councillors will be asked to approve the multimillion-pound fund to help struggling residents with rising energy prices.

A £250,000 household energy fund would be introduced under the plans to help residents tackle the issue.

And non-residential social care charges would be scrapped, saving around £1m for vulnerable people in the area.

Further cost-of-living support proposals include funding additional staff for welfare advice and business support to help residents budget through the crisis.

Families will also be supported during the school holidays with £1m set to be allocated to enable free access to activities for children.

The plans also aims to deliver a £1m help for carers package, including respite, to support unpaid carers, kinship carers and foster carers.

Another £1m funding injection would help community groups and voluntary organisations continue, the party have said.

Labour’s deputy leader Jackie Baillie said: “Like people across Scotland, the people of West Dunbartonshire are facing a cost-of-living crisis.

“That’s why the new Labour administration is prepared to take immediate and proportionate action to protect the people of the area and strengthen services.

“From tackling poverty to investing in services, ending non-residential care charging and putting money back into people’s pockets, this Labour administration is stepping up for the people of West Dunbartonshire.

Councillor Michelle McGinty said: "We are aware that things are expected to get worse and that is why we cannot become complacent, and we are already putting together a working group that will continue to look at measures that can be implemented to further help local people during this crisis.”