Scotland’s poorest communities set for £318m funding boost

Scotland’s poorest communities set for £318m funding boost





The Scottish Executive has confirmed a £318 million, three-year funding package to tackle poverty in Scotland’s most deprived communities.


Communities minister Malcolm Chisholm last week announced the allocation of the Community Regeneration Fund (CRF) over the next three years. He said: ‘This package is a substantial investment which will help all 32 community planning partnerships meet ambitious targets to reduce poverty levels and take forward initiatives tailored to local need. It will improve the lives of thousands.’


This summer the Executive announced an initial indicative allocation of £104 million for the first year of the fund


Two-thirds of the CRF will be allocated to the 15 per cent most deprived zones identified by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. The ftmd will be distributed through local authorities via Scotland’s 32 community planning partnerships.


Chisholm also unveiled ten new Closing the Opportunity Gap targets for anti-poverty work across all the Executive’s departments.


Source: Regeneration magazine