Appeal to tackle ‘alarming’ poverty rate
THE ‘ ALARMING’ scale of poverty in the Highlands and Islands has been highlighted in recent reports.
According to the ‘ End Child Poverty Coalition’, the percentage of children in poverty, after housing costs, in Ross, Skye and Lochaber is 18 per cent. Na h-Eileanan an Iar is close behind at 17.6 per cent and Moray has 17.20 per cent.
These findings follow a separate report from the Trussell Trust which found that, excluding Argyll and Bute, there were 4,211 referrals to foodbanks in the Highlands and Islands in the six months to September.
A statement from Rhoda Grant and David Stewart condemned the findings and said: ‘Far too many children are growing up in poverty in the Highlands and Islands and it is appalling foodbanks have almost become a part of everyday life in modern day Scotland.’
The statement continued: ‘We need better support for local government in tackling child poverty, yet the Edinburgh government is slashing funding for councils by hundreds of millions of pounds.
‘Half a billion pounds was cut from local government last year, with £1billion more forecast by the end of the decade unless there is a rethink from the SNP government.’