It’s Scotland’s annual ‘Challenge Poverty Week’ and this week we’ll be highlighting what help’s available in Fife.

The Scotland-wide campaign highlights that too many people are living with the constant pressure of living in poverty and urges a redesign of our economy so that everyone has enough.

Council Leader, Cllr David Ross said: “Sadly, poverty isn’t something new and the last few years have only made addressing poverty more challenging.

“As a council we’re committed to making Fife fairer for everyone. The updated Plan4Fife sets out what we’ll do to tackle poverty and prevent crisis.  This includes making it easier to access services through a no wrong door approach, breaking the poverty spiral by using community wealth building and focusing on prevention by proactively reaching out to people in need.

“We want to make sure every Fifer has easy access to coordinated, practical information and support. The OurFife community website brings all that information together in one place.”

In Fife, it's estimated that just over 23% of children are living in relative poverty and 26% of households are living in fuel poverty.

Peter Kelly of The Poverty Alliance said: “Too many people in Scotland are living with the constant pressure of living in poverty.  
“As we plan our economic recovery, we must redesign our economy to reflect the values of justice and compassion we all share.  
“By boosting people’s incomes and reducing the cost of living we can solve make sure we all have what we need.”