Revised Fairness Action Plan

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AMBITIOUS commitments that are expected to make a significant impact on poverty in the city have been outlined as part of a revised Dundee Fairness Action Plan.

The updated plan is framed around the six strategic areas developed by the city’s Fairness Commission – stigma and social inclusion; work and wages; benefit, advice and support; closing the education gap; housing and communities and improving health.

Ken Guild convener of Dundee City Council’s policy and resources committee said: “The commitment to reducing the inequalities experienced by people in Dundee triggered by poverty is embedded in everything the council does.

“We see it in the social and regeneration aspects of the Growth Accelerator Model for the Waterfront; the evolution of the Tay Cities Deal; investment in local facilities; our targeted school-based initiatives like the Attainment Challenge and the Aspire scheme; and keeping rent increases for our housing tenants to a minimum.

“But the revised action plan offers even more and I am sure that when they are delivered we will be well on our way to living in a fairer, more equitable city.”

Jimmy Black convener of the Dundee Fairness Commission added: “Since the commission reported its findings in May this year backed by all party support, the Dundee Partnership, the city council and other partners have already made tangible progress by increasing school clothing grants, getting Living Wage Accreditation for the city, reducing the number of young people excluded from our schools and grouping the services people need all under one roof.

“That is a good start but the Action Plan identifies more, specific commitments that I am convinced will make a difference to the lives of people in Dundee who are in poverty.

“Importantly it will also be monitored by the people we consulted who are experiencing poverty to continue that dialogue and ensure improvements are being made.”

Under its six themes the plan details more than 120 actions that have been agreed by the council and its partners in NHS Tayside, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership, Leisure and Culture Dundee, the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership , Department of Work and Pensions, both the city’s universities, Dundee and Angus College and local and national charities.

As well as identifying the actions and who is responsible for delivering them, each has a target date with many expected to be completed within 12 months.

Among the activities that the plan’s authors anticipate making a significant impact are:

  • expanding the “Stick Your Labels” anti stigma campaign;
  • securing community benefits through development at the Central Waterfront;
  • opening a new advice facility in the concourse of Ninewells Hospital;
  • introducing the Big Noise project;
  • piloting fuel vouchers in Dundee food banks; and
  • expanding provision of benefits advice in GP practices.

A report to Dundee City Council’s policy and resources committee, which meets on Monday November 14, asks for councillors to endorse the plan and instructs the chief executive David Martin to present an update on progress every six months.

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