£150,000 welfare lifeline

�150,000 made available in Levenmouth
�150,000 made available in Levenmouth
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Plans have been discussed for a cash injection of £150,000 to help those in Levenmouth who have been affected by benefit changes.

Councillors discussed the need for funding from Fife Council’s welfare reform budget to help support those families most affected by UK Government changes to the system.

Fife Council has set aside £5.4 million to tackle the impact of reform across Fife. As well as covering the costs of administering the new Government schemes, £1m will go towards developing local support plans.

These include the creation of welfare ‘hubs’ in towns across Fife, including Levenmouth.

As well as the hub, other possible projects include further free access to computers across a wide range of venues, co-ordination of training across partnership agencies to ensure people have the right skills set, and the continuation of vital literacy and numeracy projects.

Councillor David Graham, vice-chairman of the area committee, said: “Our bid is designed to provide critical, additional support in the Levenmouth area and protect the most vulnerable in our society.”

Cllr Andrew Rodger said: “This UK Government has been attacking the most vulnerable in society and Ian Duncan Smith should hang his head in shame. We as a Council, and the Scottish Government should be doing our utmost to help people. ”

Cllr David Alexander added: “We can’t change the Government, and 80 per cent of these cuts are still to come – we have to be prepared.

“Let’s go ahead with this and get everything we can for people because they will need it.”

Councillors will discuss final funding arrangements for all seven areas at the executive committee next month.