A NEW 10 year plan to deliver a fairer Fife will tackle poverty and “fight austerity by creating opportunities”.

It’s been drawn up by the Fife Partnership with the aims of improving lives and putting people and communities at the centre of decision-making.

Councillor David Ross, co-chair, said: “We’re fiercely ambitious for Fife. And we have to be, because right now, far too many Fifers are living in poverty, and it’s just not right.

“Poverty isn’t someone else’s problem; it doesn’t just affect some individuals and families – it impacts on everyone.

“People can’t afford to pay their rent, they’re not spending in local shops and businesses, these in turn are shedding jobs or closing down, and our villages, towns and local services are suffering.”

He added: “We’re not aiming to be average, we want to really make a difference.

“We’re building on a good track record of partnership working and community engagement in Fife but this plan is a commitment to do more, to do it better and to put fairness at the heart of everything we want to achieve.”

The partnership includes Fife Council, NHS Fife, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Fife Voluntary Action, Fife College and the Scottish Government.


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