Plans to provide urgent support to struggling young families in Linktown and Invertiel have been welcomed by local councillors.
Members of Kirkcaldy area committee heard yesterday (Wednesday) that an early-intervention plan devised by the Cottage Family Centre had secured £20,000 from the Fairer Scotland Fund.
The one-year project, which will employ two support workers, was implemented after the centre and Kirkcaldy West Primary School identified a number of nursery children who were falling behind developmentally.
The project, which is currently looking for £40,000 match funding from Fife Council, aims to support families where children are most vulnerable to being placed on the ‘at risk’ register.
The project is part of the wider Linktown and Invertiel Neighbourhood Development Plan which began in 2012.
While welcoming the news, Councillor Neil Crooks, committee chairman, said: “There’s clearly an identified need in the area that the Council has not been meeting, which is quite worrying. We cannot just do this for 12 months and then drop it.”
Work to address that need was “ laudable” he said but it was also necessary to consider whether the Council’s core services should be picking it up as a “matter of course.”
However, Cllr Ross countered it was critical that projects established means of support which communities could continue themselves.
“We are facing a gap of £77 million. The council is not going to be able to continue a lot of the stuff that’s been going on. We have to find a sustainable of dealing with that,” he warned.