The Improvement Service has developed a dashboard entitled, Understanding the Scottish local impact of Covid-19. This tool summarises the publically available data relating to the current economic impact of Covid-19. It shows, at a Scottish local authority level, the current uptake of government support including;
- The Coronovarius Job Retention Scheme – Employments Furloughed
- The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
- Unemployment benefit claims
- The COVID Business Support Grant Fund
This will be of interest to local authorities and other partners in understanding the economic impact in their local area and how this compares to other areas. Data will be updated as it becomes available.
Click here to access the dashboard
People who are already affected by poverty can also face additional barriers in accessing anti-poverty measures or initiatives due to their protected characteristics.
Join us to find out the key issues as Fife Council Research Team and Fife Centre for Equalities present their joint findings from their collaborative research on Poverty and Protected Characteristics in Fife.
Then participate in discussions, sharing what you are doing to reduce poverty and how we can all commit to the challenge of reducing poverty in Fife for ALL.
For more details and if you have any specific questions or additional requirements, contact Elric at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01592 645310.
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Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) provide the evidence we need to plan skills investment in Scotland’s people and businesses.
The aim of RSAs is to provide a coherent evidence base to inform future investment in skills, built up from existing datasets. RSAs are developed and used by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and its partners including: Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government, the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group and the South of Scotland Economic Partnership.
Last year, the RSAs were re-focussed in response to the Enterprise and Skills Review to support Skills Alignment. This includes a five-step planning model, the first step of which is a Skills Demand Assessment.
To continue to support this, the suite of RSA resources has maintained its focus on demand side evidence. They highlight economic and labour market data, offering trends, forecasts and insight for RSA regions, City Regions, Growth Deal areas and Local Authorities.
This year, the RSA materials will be released in two phases:
Phase one: Release of the new interactive RSA Data Matrix in August 2019
Phase two: Release of RSA Summary Reports and Infographics in October 2019.
Click here for more information and to access the link to the RSA Data Matrix.
Fife Voluntary Action Group have recenlty published “Working for Fife: A Survey of Third Sector Employability Pathway Services in Fife 2018.”
The report takes a look at the scale and scope of third sector employability provision in Fife based upon data gathered from 27 third sector organisations delivering 41 different employability projects in Fife.
The report is a must read for both strategic partners and third sector employability providers.
You can read the full report here: Working_for_Fife_2018.
Around one in five children live in low income families in Fife and too many children are not ready to learn when they start school. Many people in Fife are unable to manage financially; more than a third of residents live in fuel poverty and around 24,000 residents are unsure about how they can pay for food.
Fife Council, NHS Fife and partners have developed the Fife Child Poverty Action Report to consider the delivery of existing child poverty measures and outline new actions that seek to create a step-change in efforts to tackle this persistent issue.
The report focuses on the three drivers of child poverty, as set out by the Scottish Government: income from employment, cost of living, and income from social security and benefits in kind.
Read the full report here.
This is a summary of a two-year investigation by the FrameWorks Institute, exploring public attitudes towards poverty in the UK. Read More
This report provides a great example of collaborative working in Fife with colleagues from NHS Fife, Fife Council and Fife Alcohol & Drug Partnership working together to provide an in-depth analysis of alcohol provision and alcohol related harm. Read More
The recent full rollout of Universal Credit in Fife, on 6th December 2017, saw the number of people aligned to this benefit greatly increase, following on from a staged rollout that had been operating for some years. Read More
1. This report is intended as a background paper to support local discussions in Fife around basic income.
2. It has been informed through collaborative discussions over the last year with-:
• International experts through BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network)
• Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland
• Glasgow and North Ayrshire Councils
• The Scottish Government Read More
Local Government has a direct role in delivery of many national policy areas, and a duty to work with community planning partners to deliver improved outcomes for local people. Public policy is complex. Read More