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Food poverty action targets Scottish Government fund


A range of proposals for tackling poverty in Aberdeen have been brought forward – including bidding for a share of a £1.8 million fund to tackle food insecurity.

The council’s Anti-Poverty and Inequality Committee today welcomed a report from external advisers outlining potential next steps, including closer working between support organisations and helping people manage low incomes.

The Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations (ACVO) will co-ordinate a £200,000 bid on behalf of the city to the Scottish Government’s £1.8m Cash First Fund, which invites bids from local authorities and third sector to test new approaches to food poverty.

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Christian Allard said: “Our external advisors have again been invaluable in helping us understand how poverty impacts people.

“The joint bid to the Cash First Fund is just one example of the ways organisations can come together to support people in need."

Vice-Convener Councillor Desmond Bouse said: “We look forward to progressing our actions through our Anti-Poverty Working Group and delivering real change for residents facing hardship.” 

The Cash First bid is expected to be submitted next month, with winning submissions announced in October.

Over the last year the Council awarded £430,000 for food procurement and the development of pantries in the city.


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