‘Stop panic shopping’ call from Fife MSP

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Fife MSP Alex Rowley has asked people to stop panic shopping, as it is making the coronavirus crisis worse. 

Panic buying has left many frontline staff, elderly and vulnerable unable to pick up essential items. 

Mr Rowley said: “We need our frontline workers in health, social care and indeed many public services to be able to access food and basic essentials. There is no need for bulk buying as the supply chains are all working. 

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“We really need people to calm down and stop making matters worse. We know that this situation is going to get a lot worse and therefore we need people to come together, work together and act responsibly”.

Alex Rowley MSP is urging people to stop panic shoppingAlex Rowley MSP is urging people to stop panic shopping
Alex Rowley MSP is urging people to stop panic shopping

He added that a lot of good work is going on within the community and the council are working to coordinate community support to ensure no one is left at home without the basic essentials, but that requires people to shop responsibly.

Fife Voluntary Action (FVA) has taken up the challenge of coordinating those who need support with volunteers, in partnership with Fife Council

Paul Vaughan, Head of Community and Corporate Development, has said: “We are working with Fife Voluntary Action to support individuals looking for support. The same contact details are for individuals who wish to volunteer.  FVA are seeking volunteers and can match to groups seeking volunteers. 

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“The local community development teams are contacting groups locally to offer support and any required help.

 “The Council and FVA will also be issuing guidance for groups and individuals who wish to volunteer including to follow government advice on minimising transmission.

 “Ourselves and FVA will be working together to co-ordinate activity across Fife in order to minimise duplication and identify any gaps.” 

FVA can be contacted by email at [email protected]  or by phone on 0800 389 6046.