Get involved in Fife’s fight against poverty

Chairman Martyn Evans and the Fairer Fife Commission members want to hear from people affected by poverty.
Chairman Martyn Evans and the Fairer Fife Commission members want to hear from people affected by poverty.

Groups and organisations are being asked to help with the work of the Fairer Fife Commission in tackling poverty.

The commission brings together senior figures from across public, private and voluntary sectors who will work over the course of this year to come up with some recommendations for change.

We want to hear from anyone with an interest in, and experience of, alleviating poverty in Fife to inform our work.

Martyn Evans, chairman of Fairer Fife Commission

Now the commission is asking groups, organisations and individuals to get involved in the fight against poverty by making views known, and providing information and evidence.

Carnegie UK Trust chief executive Martyn Evans, who chairs the commission, said: “We want to hear from anyone with an interest in, and experience of, alleviating poverty in Fife to inform our work.

“The views and evidence we receive will be analysed and fed into our work programme. Our final findings and recommendations will also take account of a range of other factors, including any other available information, research and evidence.

“Your views could make a real difference, so please help us by getting involved.”

Fife Council leader David Ross called for the commission to be established last year in a bid to create a fairer Fife.

He said: “We set up the Fairer Fife Commission to give us an independent and objective view of what more we can do to tackle poverty in Fife.

“Poverty is a blight on our society and something we should be ashamed of in a modern, developed economy.

“The Council is working hard to tackle the causes of poverty in Fife.

“We are working with businesses to create apprenticeships and training opportunities, building affordable housing, tackling fuel poverty and investing in education.

“There’s a limit to what the Council can do on its own but we need to know we are doing all we can and understand what other agencies and government should be doing.

“That’s why we set up the Fairer Fife Commission and why we need people to talk about their experiences of poverty in Fife.

“It’s important that people help the commission paint a picture of what’s happening right now so that we can try and improve for the future.

As well as gathering evidence over the coming months, the commission is having themed meetings between now and November.

Last month, the focus was on ways of getting more Fifers into work with discussion around issues including youth employment and low pay.

For more information on how to have your say, and to access or download the call for evidence form, go to www.fifedirect.org.uk/fairerfife