Fife families affected by welfare reform will be supported by Fife Council.
That was the message from local councillors after they agreed to support plans to mitigate the impact of the UK Government’s changes to the benefits system.
Members of the local authority’s executive committee approved proposals put forward by the region’s seven area committees to improve adult numeracy and literacy and help people find new jobs.
It comes after the Scottish Government awarded an additional 92,000 to Fife’s 1 million budget to help vulnerable people.
While welcoming the cross-party support for the plans, council leader David Ross said there is only so much the local authority can do to offset the scale of such reform.
“There is a limit to what Fife Council can do here,” he said.
“These are national issues and we are right in having taken robust policy stands. There is scope for joint action at a political level but there is only so much the council can do at a practical level. It is complex.”
Councillors also approved proposals for a study to investigate the implications for people currently claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in Fife, who from next year will have to claim through the new Personal Independence Payments scheme.
There is already concern about the negative impact these changes could have on claimants with disabilities.
Councillors reiterated their opposition to the welfare reforms and, in particular, at the impact that sanctions imposed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are having on vulnerable families and individuals.