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Allocation of Fairer Scotland Funding: Craigentinny and Duddingston Ward

posted 25 Nov 2008, 01:52 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 25 Nov 2008, 01:55 ]

Craigentinny and Duddingston Neighbourhood Partnership has approved funding through the Fairer Scotland Fund (FSF) for a range of organisations in the ward.

FSF funding for 2009/10 has been agreed for the following projects:

The Listening Place - £5,300

Lochend Community Resource Centre - £12,910

Young Person's Health Worker (Alcohol) - £11,100

Lochend/Restalrig Community Café Project - £13,468

The Youth Bus - £9,906

The Ripple Project (Youth Bus) - £11, 015

The Ripple Project (Youth Worker) - £29,050

The Speaker Community Newspaper - £15,600

Transition - £14,664

Detached Youth Work - £5,532

Write On - £1,578

FSU School Liaison Worker - £11,000

Restalrig Financial Inclusion Service (Credit Union) - £7,000

Restalrig Benefits Advice Project - £18,565

The Ripple (Lunch Club Transport) - £8,230

Capacity Building Project - £33,981

Edinburgh Community Food Initiative - £27,656

Councillor Tom Buchanan, Community Engagement Leader, said: "The FSF is a more focused funding stream to tackle the causes of poverty and deprivation. It is 'Fairer' precisely because it acknowledges that 'pockets' of poverty and health inequality can exist in even the most affluent of neighbourhoods.

"Decisions on how best to allocate FSF funds are being taken locally across the city by the Neighbourhood Partnerships, who are each engaged in developing local community plans to address the particular needs of their area."

Notes to Editors

Recipients of FSF monies must ensure that they are achieving set outcomes as determined by the Scottish Government. The Edinburgh Partnership, of which the Council is a member, consulted with its community planning partners to determine the most pertinent priorities for the city so that funds could be allocated in a way that will have greatest impact in areas of need.

The Edinburgh Partnership's agreed three priorities for the investment of the FSF in Edinburgh are:

An early intervention approach.

Reducing health inequalities.

Improving employability.

In order to direct the allocation of the funding, a new index of deprivation has been developed for the city [the Edinburgh Index], and this has been used as a basis for calculating the levels of funds to each of the 12 Neighbourhood Partnerships.

The Edinburgh Index provides an objective and transparent means of allocating Fairer Scotland Fund monies, using measures drawn from local government, the Health Service, Police and other national agencies.

Unlike earlier local research, based primarily on Census data, the analysis is repeatable on a more frequent basis and therefore can also provide a basis for monitoring trends and outcomes.

The Edinburgh Index examines social need in around 4,000 areas of the city, using Census Output Areas as the building block, and offers the capability to examine a wide range of geographic areas and communities. The index takes account of the complex and diverse nature of social need and examines data on Income, Employment, Education, Health and Crime.

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council