Fairer Money for Fifers

AN event to highlight the range of support on offer to hard up households in Fife has been organised by Fife Council. Bringing together partners across the public and third sectors, the event helped showcase the work already in hand to tackle poverty as well as discussing the challenges to come, including the introduction of…

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….

Community delegates gather to discuss making Fife Fairer

A participatory conference is being held at the Rothes Hall on Wednesday 29 March for those who lead or contribute to the work of community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and charities in Fife. The event, “Towards a Fairer Fife”, will seek to hear from and build upon the experience of people working on the…

Accessing Affordable Credit

Fife Council has joined forces with Falkirk and West Lothian councils – and the support services in each area – to provide borrowing and support to residents who find it hard to access affordable credit. 

Decision Day for Local Projects – “Forward West Fife”

OVER 50 local people got involved in the Forward West Fife event at Tulliallan Castle last weekend and took decisions on how to spend £60,000 in their communities. Now local groups including Kincardine Scouts and Valleyfield Youth Football Club are set to benefit from the cash boost. Fife Council, in partnership with the Coalfields Regeneration…

Fife, West Lothian and Falkirk Councils join forces against poverty

A new partnership between Fife, West Lothian and Falkirk Councils will complement existing money management services, including anti-poverty and social inclusion partners, and wider support services. Council Leaders Cllr David Ross (Fife), Cllr John McGinty (West Lothian), and Cllr Craig Martin (Falkirk) have signed a partnership agreement which will see a new Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)…

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…

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…

Guest Blog – Scottish Welfare Fund Team

The following post is from a colleague in the Scottish Welfare Fund Team, based within New City House. The Scottish Welfare Fund – Challenge Your Assumptions Years ago, I worked in Tesco on the checkouts for a couple of weeks over Christmas. As yet another laden trolley approached I asked the lady if she was…

Supporting Hard-up Households – Free Poverty Awareness Training

The ‘Supporting Hard Up Households’ training programme contains a range of courses and e-learning opportunities that will be useful and relevant to anyone working with individuals and families in Fife who are struggling to make ends meet.   Changes to the welfare system – including the benefit cap introduced in November 2016 and the planned…