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