MEMBERS of a Commission set up to examine the root causes of poverty in Fife have visited a local Community Learning Centre in Methil to hear first hand how poverty is affecting people across the Kingdom.

The Fairer Fife Commission was set up last year as part of Fife Council’s commitment to build a better, stronger, fairer Fife. The Commission is independent and non political with members from public, private and voluntary sectors. It is chaired by Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust Martyn Evans.

As part of its work to look at how effectively poverty is being tackled the Commission is gathering evidence from individuals, groups and organisations. The visit to Methil was the first of seven the Commission will make over the next few months to hear personally from people whose lives are affected by poverty and their experience of the help and support on offer.

Chair Martyn Evans commented: “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to meet with the Commissioners and who spoke so openly and honestly about their experiences. There were a lot of issues raised including the impact of sanctions, the cost of transport, how difficult it is to find a job in today’s climate and how the learning centre is providing great support and the opportunity to get together with others in similar situations.

“All the information we gather from these visits will help us when it comes time for the Commission to make recommendations to Fife Council.”

Fife Council Leader David Ross commented: “It’s really important that we re-examine what we’re doing to remove the blight of poverty from our society. The Commission will report back before the end of the year with recommendations on how we can better tackle this issue and put in place practical action to reduce poverty in our communities.”

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