Ap­peal to tackle ‘alarm­ing’ poverty rate

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.’

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