Senior figures come together to help create a ‘fairer Fife’

The commission will look at the root causes of poverty
The commission will look at the root causes of poverty

Senior figures are coming together to examine the causes of poverty in Fife and make recommendations on how to tackle the problems.

The Fairer Fife Commission will be chaired by Martyn Evans, chief executive of the Carnegie UK Trust, and will support the Council’s aim of creating a better, stronger, fairer Fife.

Other members include Satwat Rehman, director of One Parent Families Scotland; John Dickie, director of the Child Poverty Action Group; and Dr Katherine Trebeck, global research policy advisor for Oxfam Scotland.

Dr Jim McCormick, of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, will act as a special advisor to the Commission.

The commission’s role will be to take a strategic overview of the scale, scope and nature of poverty in Fife and how effectively it is being tackled.

It will focus on issues including financial capability, welfare advice, transport links, employability skills, childcare, educational attainment, health inequalities, and housing and homelessness.

Council leader David Ross said: “I’m hugely encouraged by the calibre and expertise of the people who have agreed to become involved, and I’d like to thank each one of them for their commitment to helping in the fight against poverty.

“Every Fifer deserves a decent home, job and education and to achieve this aim we have to tackle, not just the symptoms, but the root causes of poverty in our society.”

Mr Evans added: “Poverty and a lack of opportunity continues to blight too many of our communities. The commission brings together a very wide range of expertise and this is critical as it is only by working together that we can tackle these complex, deep-rooted issues. I am looking forward to getting started.”

The Commission will begin its work in January and will report its findings in Novemeber 2015.