Creating a Fairer Fife – Steve Grimmond, Chief Executive Fife Council

We set up the Fairer Fife Commission to help us and our partners identify ways in which we can tackle poverty in Fife. As a consequences of this the Fife Partnership has agreed a range of over 40 actions, some short term and some longer term, that will help us address poverty in the Kingdom.

So for example we are keen to be a fair work region. Fife Council has become a living wage employer and we’ve employed over 155 apprentices to help people get into good fair work.

We’re also keen to support those on the lowest incomes and we’ve recently development a community development finance initiative, which will provide fair lending at lower rates to people who would otherwise need to go to high cost lenders.

We’re keen to get Fife online, so we are providing free WiFi access across a wide range of public facilities throughout the Kingdom.

We recognise that tackling poverty is not a short term endeavour, that we’re in this for the long term but we’re making immediate impact now with some of these early initiatives.

We’re keen to make this pledge and we’d encourage you to make a pledge about the difference you can make to tackling poverty in Fife.

 

Creating a Fairer Fife – Ninian Stuart, Chair of Fife’s Third Sector Strategy Group

I’m really excited about the work of the Fairer Fife commission.

The commission challenged the third sector strategy group to look at the third sector in Fife how to do even better and think more strategically about our priorities for addressing poverty and inequality in Fife.

Personally that’s a deep commitment from myself…it also feels like something we really must change to make Fife a better place for everyone.

Together we have come up with a framework which involves:

  • How we drive change
  • How we work together
  • How we value everyone
  • How we give voice to what is really needed

We’re keen to go out and meet with other community groups and people involved in voluntary organisations and together look at the real priorities if over the next three years we’re going to make a major difference. I’m really looking forward to that.

Creating a Fairer Fife – Margaret Hannah, Director of Public Health, NHS Fife

 

We have a Fairer Health in Fife plan to consciously improve the health of people who for one reason or another are given a disadvantage in terms of achieving good health.

I support new ways of working for all those people who have a lead role to play in making a difference on the ground (through) the recommendations from Fairness Matters.

For me, a fairer Fife would mean:

Fewer babies being born with low birth weight

More children entering school fit and confident, ready to learn

Fewer young people with mental health problems, low self esteem, self-harming, drug or alcohol problems, feeling suicidal

Fewer adults with avoidable disease and fewer accidents in the home

Finally better health and wellbeing for everyone – it’s the differences between those who are doing well and those doing not so well that is the biggest determinant for health overall in our population.

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Creating a Fairer Fife – Cllr David Ross

Cllr David Ross – Chair of Fife Partnership and Leader of Fife Council

In November 2015 we received the report of the Fairer Fife Commission on how we should be trying to tackle poverty and inequality across Fife. And challenging us to be more ambitious in how we tackle these problems.

Poverty and inequality are somethings that are everyone’s problem in Fife, whether they are personally affected or not. It’s a waste of resources, it’s a waste of potential and we all end up paying for the consequences of poverty and inequality.

Fife Council, Fife’s Community Planning Partnership and myself personally are all committed to creating a Fairer Fife and trying our very best of the coming years to put the recommendations of the Fairer Fife Commission into effect.

Whether that’s creating more apprenticeships for our young people, making sure everyone pays the living wage, building more affordable housing to tackle homelessness, tackling the problem of literacy and numeracy and improving the educational attainment of our kids, or tackling fuel poverty. These are just some of the things we want to address through the coming years in our efforts collectively and our commitment collectively to create a fairer Fife.

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Fife Partnership pledge to work towards a Fairer Fife

Fife’s Community Planning Partnership has restated its commitment to do things differently to create a Fairer Fife by 2030.At a recent meeting , the Partnership Board heard about the progress so far in taking forward the recommendations of the Fairer Fife Commission and called on communities, businesses and individuals across Fife to join them, take the pledge, and work together to create a Kingdom that is more equal for everyone.

The Fairer Fife Commission, an independent group of experts, published the “Fairness Matters” report in November 2015 challenging the council, public services, charities and businesses to work together to deliver a “significantly fairer Fife by 2030.” The report outlines over 40 recommendations.

Chair of the Fife Partnership David Ross explains: “The Commission produced an excellent report, challenging us to step up our efforts to tackle poverty and inequality in Fife. We’ve already taken the first steps towards turning their vision into action to make a real difference to people’s lives.

“The harsh reality is that around 75,000 Fifers are affected by poverty, a situation we have to change. We need to be more ambitious for Fife and that’s why we’re aiming to be in the top five areas in Scotland by 2030 and change lives for the better.”

An action plan is being created setting out how work will be taken forward. Over the next year the top three challenges partners have pledged to tackle are to:

  • encourage all local employers and businesses to pay the living wage
  • have free wi-fi available from all our public buildings and support people to use it
  • create hundreds of new apprenticeships – one for every £1 million of public expenditure

The Fairer Fife Commission also talked about the need to do things differently:

  • Involving communities more in deciding what needs to be done, how our money is used and how local initiatives are developed and supported
  • Being publicly clear on what we are doing to help achieve a Fairer Fife and keeping up to date on progress
  • Having the right partners to help achieve more
  • Using all the data and evidence about what works so that our actions will make a real difference

Added Cllr Ross: “Everyone can get involved in creating a fairer Fife. By working in partnership with our communities we can make a difference. We’ll be reporting regularly on our progress and talking about ways individuals and communities can take the pledge and get involved.”

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Fife Councillors pledge to work towards a Fairer Fife

Fife councillors united today (Thursday) in support of a Fairer Fife.

At a meeting of the Full Council there was cross-party support for a pledge to do things differently and create a Fairer Fife by 2030.

Now the council and its partners are calling on communities, businesses and individuals across Fife to join them, take the pledge, and work together to create a Kingdom that is more equal for everyone.

The Fairer Fife Commission, an independent group of experts, published the “Fairness Matters” report in November 2015 challenging the council, public services, charities and businesses to work together to deliver a “significantly fairer Fife by 2030.” The report outlines over 40 recommendations.

Now the council alongside partners including Fife NHS, Police Scotland is pledging to work together better to achieve those ambitious targets.

Chair of the Fife Partnership David Ross explains: “The Commission has done an amazing job but it’s our job now to turn words into action and start making a real difference to people’s lives.

“The harsh reality is that around 75,000 Fifers are affected by poverty, a situation we have to change. We need to be more ambitious for Fife and that’s why we’re aiming to be in the top five areas in Scotland by 2030 and change lives for the better.”

A fairer Fife by 2030 would mean doing things differently:

  • Involving communities more in deciding what needs to be done, how our money is used and how local initiatives are developed and supported
  • Being publicly clear on what we are doing to help achieve a Fairer Fife and keeping up to date on progress
  • Having the right partners to help achieve more
  • Using all the data and evidence about what works so that our actions will make a real difference

An action plan is being created setting out how work will be taken forward. Over the next year the top three challenges partners have pledged to tackle are to:

  • encourage all local employers and businesses to pay the living wage
  • have free wi-fi available from all our public buildings and support people to use it
  • create hundreds of new apprenticeships – one for every £1 million of public expenditure

Added Cllr Ross: “Everyone can get involved in creating a fairer Fife. By working in partnership with our communities we can make a difference. We’ll be reporting regularly on our progress and talking about ways individuals and communities can take the pledge and get involved.”

For more information check out www.fifedirect.org.uk/fairerfife