Scottish equalities secretary Angela Constance has met with Dundee City Council’s chief executive to discuss continuing efforts to eradicate child poverty.
Speaking at the launch of a government consultation on ending child poverty, Ms Constance revealed that she had sat down with David Martin to review the findings of the city’s Fairness Commission.
Ms Constance added that she was “no stranger” to the city and intended to continue dialogue with the council regarding the commission’s findings and recommendations.
She said: “I met with the chief executive of Dundee City Council and we certainly discussed the work of the commission.
“Eradicating child poverty isn’t something that we can do alone. We need to be working with local government.
“It was an opportunity to discuss the consultation and the great work that Dundee City Council has been involved in terms of their Fairness Commission.
“I will continue to have dialogue with David and indeed other colleagues and partners in Dundee — I am no stranger to Dundee.”
Ms Constance and other local elected representatives attended One Parent Families in Whitfield — which was benefiting from lunches provided by the Fun and Food Programme.
David Dorward, coordinator of the programme, said the scheme had handed out 20,000 lunches to kids around the city throughout the summer holidays.
Councillor Jimmy Black said since the Fairness Commission report was published, he has held various meetings to discuss how they can implement the commission’s findings.
He said: “Myself and councillor Lesley Brennan have also been appointed fairness champions — we will both be taking the ideas of the commission forward.”
Mr Black also hailed commission recommendations that have seen welfare rights officers installed in the Jobcentre and also in some GP practices in the city.
He added: “The GP practices have been successful — sometimes health issues are directly related to other issues like stress about housing or finances and GPs might not know the services that are available to people in the city.”