Local events to tackle poverty problems

Dumfries and Galloway Council has taken steps to address the poverty problems in the region by hosting two events in the past fortnight.

On 16 March an event was held in Kirkcudbright, and on 23 March a similar event was held in Dumfries.

Representatives from the council, NHS, Crichton Institute, Fire Service and third sector attended action groups to talk about experiences and work towards ending the poverty problems in our region.

Real life issues including money problems, fuel poverty and transport issues were discussed by attendees. Those who were in attendance in Kirkcudbright looked at issues specific to the west of Dumfries and Galloway that the Crichton Institute research raised including that almost 500 homes show multiple characteristics of deprivation including households with a person who is unemployed or on long term sick and no central heating. The delegates then discussed the research findings and how the various agents could work together to reach achievable goals in tackling poverty.

To find out more, please see our new anti-poverty page on www.dumgal.gov.uk where an output pack from both events will be uploaded soon. There will also be copies of the full version of the Crichton institute research available.