As I have said I am keen for progress to be made on the proposals for new schools in the West End. I want the best educational facilities possible for the young people of the West End. I note the response given in the Courier by a spokesperson however I think that this somewhat contradicts what the Scottish Government said when it gave permission to progress the project. The Scottish Government appear to be looking for a dedicated area marked out as sports pitches, whilst that does not necessarily require a fence to be built around the pitches such changes would clearly change the nature of Victoria Park. I reiterate my plea for the community in the West End to be involved in discussions about these proposals. The park is well used and much loved, the people who use the park should be asked about their views. I understand that in the 1960s the park was used by Lawside Academy but I would imagine that in terms of PE provision things have moved on since then. There are also different approaches to child protection and health and safety in the twenty-first century.
It is clear that progress needs to be made and I am reassured that meetings will take place early in the new year. Clearly though the City Council must listen to the report which it caused to be written by the HMIe which calls for more consultation and for dedicated sports pitches to be laid out in Victoria Park.
Please see below paragraph 6.2 of the report by HMIe,.
'HMIE recommends that the council be asked to clarify its proposals for use of Victoria Park by giving a commitment to how it would dedicate part of the park for use of the two primary schools and a firmer indication of what pitches or sports areas might be laid out for their use at various times of the year. The council should also seek to reassure parents about the levels of contamination of soil at the proposed site and the level of danger from the nearby electricity sub-station. HMIE also recommends that the council shares and discusses the detailed plans for the joint campus with parents.'
A map of Victoria Park produced by Dundee City Council's Leisure & Communities Department which shows a bowling green , tennis courts, play areas and rose garden as the current features of Victoria Park can be found here.
I want to provide young people in the West End with the best educational facilities possible. I look forward to taking part in the discussions to take forward the proposals for a replacement for St Joseph's Primary and Park Place Primary and Nursery schools.'
I am concerned that the Leisure and Communities Department of the City Council know nothing about the plans to use Victoria Park for school use. If these new schools use Victoria Park then this will change the nature of the park. This proposal needs to be examined in great detail before it is brought forward. Victoria Park is popular with local people in the West End and is well used. Using part of it exclusively for educational purposes may impact on local people's use of the park and I want to be sure that their views are taken on board as well as the views of the educational stakeholders.
I have read the report approved by the City Council's Education Committee (274-2009) which sets out how progress will be made on this proposal and at no point is Victoria Park mentioned I would like to know where this proposal came from? If the City Council's Education Committee is not in charge of education policy I would like to know which organisation is?
Report 274-2009 can be read here http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/reports/reports/274-2009.pdf
When asked in November about these proposals I was informed by the Director of Leisure and Communities that he knew of 'no such plans'.
At the last meeting of the Leisure, Arts and Communities Committee on 7th December the Convener stated that there were no plans to divest the department of any parks.
Along with my colleague Laurie Bidwell I have responded to this announcement. It is essential that there is now effective consultation.
West End Schools' Site – Qualified Approval from Scottish Government – Time to Consult
Councillor Laurie Bidwell, Labour Education Spokesperson on Dundee City Council, said:
“I am pleased that Ministers in the Scottish Government have now made their decision about the West End Schools' site, which has been conveyed in a letter from the Schools Directorate in Edinburgh. The letter contains qualified approval for the site for the planned twin campus primary schools for the West End to replace the existing Park Place and St Joseph's Primary Schools. I note that the letter finishes by politely but firmly urging the Council to consult with and reassure the community on a number of contentious issues:
'I would ask that the Council acts on the three recommendations of HMIE (Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education) by sharing and discussing its detailed plans for the joint campus with parents, by reassuring them regarding the two specific matters mentioned and by making clearer its plans and commitment for dedicated use of part of Victoria Park as playing fields by the two schools.'
“It is clear from the government letter that there are now detailed plans not previously shared with elected members nor with parents and teachers. Parents, teachers and the Education Committee should be consulted and involved without delay.”
West End Councillor Richard McCready said:
“I welcome a decision being made, now it is time for the council to work with local people to deliver a solution which suits everyone. Clearly the report by the HMIe leaves a number of issues unresolved and makes the case that parents need to be engaged in the process. I hope that the Education Department set out a clear time scale which engages parents and the local community in bringing forward these proposals. I will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Leisure and Communities Department to discuss the impact of the proposals on Victoria Park. Victoria Park is a popular local park and if PE lessons are held there regularly this will change the nature of the park. Recently I asked the Director of Leisure and Communities about plans to use Victoria Park in this way and he stated that he knew of 'no such plans.' There is a need for joined up thinking if this proposal is to be brought forward. Overall the message is clear. If the Education Department want to bring this project to fruition, it must engage much more effectively with parents at all the schools in the West End and demonstrate that their concerns have been addressed.”
The Education Committee considered an Agenda note on Harris Academy. Like everyone else I welcome investment in Harris Academy. Clearly there is a very strong case for refurbishing Harris Academy and I know that people in the West End and beyond are very pleased that this work will go ahead.
I am disappointed about this agenda note. I do think that this committee requires a fuller report. Collectively we need to ensure that we are making the best use of the resources available to refurbish Harris Academy; on the basis of this agenda note I am not sure that we can make an informed decision. It is important to remember that this is at a time when the Scottish Government has been unable to deliver some of its key pledges in education apparently from not sharing the full information with the whole cabinet; I think that this agenda note leaves us in a similar position. Further on in Monday's agenda the Social Work and Health Committee approved spending £38,000 - to explain this spend there is a 3 page report. I look forward to receiving further information, it is disappointing that the Education Committee did not receive a full report.
Civil Service Jobs
The City Development Committee considered a report on the campaign to get civil service jobs for Dundee. The policy of dispersing Civil Service jobs from Edinburgh was instigated by Donald Dewar. Clearly Dundee could have received more jobs but the truth is that it received some. The policy of the current Scottish Government is that it will receive none. This is a policy which has been 'kicked into the long grass.'
Shona Robison MSP said, 'There have been a lot of warm words, but little is being delivered.' I am sure that the Convener means to deliver more than warm words, perhaps it is Scottish Government ministers, including Shona Robison who are preventing the SNP-John Letford Administration from campaigning for Dundee.
The Scottish Parliament is currently considering the Public Services Reform Bill; I called on the Convener to join me in calling for the new body that emerges from current Public Services Reform Bill to replace the Care Commission to be based in Dundee.
Outdoor Play Strategy
The Leisure, Arts and Communities Committee considered a report on outdoor play, I said, 'I welcome this report which recognises how important these outdoor areas are to our city. I commend the department for taking this policy area very seriously. It is crucial to recognise as the report does the legal rights of children and young people to access play. It is also imperative that we recognise as does the report the health and educational benefits of providing good quality play and outdoor areas.
I would be grateful if the officers could provide answers to a few questions.
1. What is being done to ensure that children and young people with disabilities or with access problems can access appropriate play equipment?
2. Are there any plans divest the council of public play areas?
3. On page 7 of the report before us it talks about schools opening up their outdoor spaces for casual and organised play after school and during holidays, could we have some idea of how that policy will be taken forward?'
The Convener confirmed that there are no plans to divest the council of play areas. Officers told me that they give consideration to access issues when redeveloping play areas. Officers also told me that there were no clear plans about how to ensure the use of education department resources for outdoor play. I will be pursuing this further.
The Social Work Committee considered a report on dementia strategy. I said, 'This report and its approach is to be welcomed. Anyone who has experienced a relative or friend suffering from these terrible conditions will know how important it is to get policy right in this area. We must give support to those with dementia and give support to their families and carers. I particularly welcome the individual focus of this report. There is no one-size fits all approach here and I welcome that. It is important to respect the independence and dignity of people with dementia.
As I have said I welcome this report; its sets out ambitious targets could I ask if you are convinced that the funding is in place to deliver all these targets?' Officers assured me that they are satisfied that they can deliver on these targets.
West End Schools Project
I asked the Director of Finance about the spending which had gone on so far on the West End Schools Project. She assured me that the spending so far had been on design and on geo-technical work. She also said that no further spending would go on until an answer had been received from the Scottish Government with regard to the size of the site.
West End Local Community Planning Partnership
I supported plans to give the West End Community Planning Partnership (and the Ferry LCPP) equal status to the other six in the city. This was voted down by the administration.
I am clear that sport plays an important role in the life of Dundee and that it is often an undervalued part of council provision. In difficult economic times it is easy to see services such as sports development as being an easy target for cuts. I think that this is a short-sighted view. We should do all we can to promote sport in Dundee.
It was good to hear about the money invested back in council services in Dundee. Tayside Contracts also takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously.
Labour is committed to stronger home rule and to ensuring that Scotland prospers within the United Kingdom.
I am clear that graffiti should not be tolerated and that action must be taken against low-level graffiti in order to prevent its spread.
Ensuring that staff are well trained and motivated is very important issue. A well trained and motivated staff will contribute to providing the best service possible for those who need the services of the Social Work department. As a councillor I have a duty to ensure that those vulnerable people who need the services of the Social Work Department receive the best service possible.
Overall the main message from this event was 'well done to everyone involved.'
Tonight I attended the concert at Dundee West Church followed by the Christmas Lights switch on at Seabraes on the Perth Road. It was good to see that some traditions are sacrosanct.
The concert was excellent with contributions from Park Place Primary, Blackness Primary and St Joseph's Primary as well as Harris Academy. Well done to all the young people concerned.
Rev Andrew Greaves, the Minister at Dundee West, the ever-excellent Sheena Wellington, Radio Tay's Ken McLeod and the Lord Provost also took part.
It was good to see so many local people turn up and take part in this important community event. In the West End at least it is clear that we will celebrate Christmas not Winter Light Night.
Well done to everyone concerned.
The Seabraes Fireworks website is also worth a look.
I spoke on a number of issues at the meetings. At the Leisure, Arts and Communities Committee I congratulated the Convener on bringing forward a report which highlighted that a variety of facilities would be shut over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Clearly this recognised that the customers - the people of Dundee - and the staff would want to celebrate Christmas and not 'Winter Light Night.' On the ongoing saga of 'Winter Light Night' I was pleased to see my colleague Councillor Mohammed Asif's comments in the Courier and Evening Telegraph highlighting the need for common sense.
There was a long discussion on the review of Council House rents. The SNP-Administration are proposing to consult on a single option which proposes raising council house rents by 4%. This proposed increase is way above the current rate of inflation. Labour tried to put forward an alternative which would have included more options, we supported a Liberal Democrat proposal which was defeated to allow for two options to be put forward. It will be interesting to see what Dundee's council house tenants make of the SNP proposal.
I welcomed a report in the Social Work and Health which proposes a change to the initial way in which people receive home care. It is important to try to maintain the independence of service users.
In the Policy and Resources Committee there was an interesting debate about the future of the V&A project in Dundee. This is slowly moving on. It is important that the council does what it can to promote this project but at the same time the council must be clear that there are no blank cheques.
It was also good to see young people who are working hard to make the best of themselves, working hard to gain skills and experience. I would like to wish all the young people I met this afternoon all the very best and I hope that they find long-term employment soon.
A number of constituents have raised their concerns with me about the poor quality of the reception they are receiving from BBC1. Indeed as a local resident I have also been experiencing problems with TV reception on BBC1. I have contacted the BBC, and I have been reassured that they are aware of the problems and that they have been dealt with. My constituents need to know that these problems are being addressed and that there will be no repeat of this issue. I will be keeping an eye on this and I hope that these problems have been dealt with.
As I have said elsewhere I attended a meeting of the Tayside Fire and Rescue Board this morning. I raised my concerns about the inclusion of plans for changes to the service at Balmossie and Forfar fire stations. My concerns centre on the fact that a very similar proposal was rejected by the board in March of this year after the public made their views known in an extensive consultation. You can read the minutes of the March meeting here. I think that it is essential that people who take part in consultation processes should know that their views will be listened to and that their views matter. I issued the press release below.
Concern over inclusion of Balmossie in Fire Proposals
Councillor Richard McCready today made known his views on Tayside Fire and Rescue Board's proposals to make changes at Balmossie and Forfar Fire Stations. Councillor McCready is a member of Tayside Fire and Rescue Board and seconded a motion today which would have deleted references to Balmossie and Forfar from this year's Towards a Safer Tayside Document. He is disappointed that this move was defeated and that a number of Dundee councillors voted against this motion.
Councillor Richard McCready said, 'Last year the Fire and Rescue Board had a major success when there was a record response to the consultation. I also think that this made people think about the Fire Board and hopefully fire safety issues. I have made clear my views about this issue. In March of this year I think that the board made a clear decision. As we all know the public holds politicians and public bodies in a degree of contempt at the present time. I think by appearing keen to overturn a decision so recently made, made in part in response to the views of the public, we are making a mistake. This is not a party political issue. For myself I agree with Stewart Hosie MP when he said that March's decision on Balmossie 'was the right decision in the interests of community safety.' Whilst I am happy for the people of Tayside to make their views known in the consultation and I would urge them to do so I feel that the proposals for Balmossie should not go forward. In my view it is premature to bring this proposal forward.'
'I am disappointed by the outcome of today's vote. Now it is essential that people right across Tayside take part in this consultation and let the members of the Fire and Rescue Board know their views. The public's voice was clear last year I will be interested to see what has changed this year. I agree with Stewart Hosie's view that this issue was dealt with earlier this year and that this should not have been brought back so soon. It is a shame that Mr Hosie's city council colleagues did not agree with him.'
People in Dundee celebrate Christmas whatever their religious views. I think that it is wrong to downgrade the role of Christmas. I hope that the City Council will listen to the churches and to the other voices making their views known asking for a rethink.
Well done to Willie Bain on his election as the new MP for Glasgow North East. This was a great victory for Labour against the odds. This victory demonstrates how important it is to listen to the voters and deal with the issues which concern them. To read more about this excellent victory click here.
BAILLIE: STURGEON FAILS TO GRASP 'STAGGERING RATE' OF C. DIFF DEATHS AT NINEWELLS
Scottish Labour’s Jackie Baillie has criticised Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon for failing to grasp the scale of the “staggering rate” of mortality from C. difficile at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee which is a higher rate than Scotland’s previous worst outbreak at Vale of Leven.
Shadow Health Secretary Jackie Baillie: “The rate of mortality at Ninewells is staggering and Nicola Sturgeon seems not to have grasped the scale of the problem.
The mortality rate at Vale of Leven, which was the single biggest outbreak in Scotland, was 33 per cent on six wards over a number of months.
“At Ninewells the rate is a staggering 62 per cent – five deaths out of eight wards over a three week period. The Health Secretary has failed to confront the scale of the problem and how serious it is . We need to get answers on why the rate is so high as soon as possible. (1)
“The Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has also known about this outbreak for some three weeks now but chose not to inform the public. There is no possible justification for this lack of transparency.
“Deaths from C. difficile are preventable and these patients may not have contracted the infection if lessons had been properly learned from the Vale of Leven. Now it seems that complacency has been compounded by cover up.”
National Express Dundee, formerly Travel Dundee, have announced changes to bus services commencing on 22nd November. The main change for the West End is a change to the Number 2 service, the details can be found on their website.
Today I met with Lawrence Davie, the Director of National Express Dundee to discuss bus services in the West End. I was particularly keen to discuss the changes to the Number 2 service.
This was a productive meeting. I know that the Number 2 bus service is very popular with many people in the West End, particularly the elderly. I sought some reassurance over the future of this service and I am glad to say that I got some reassurance. The service will now be a the same time every hour and I have been told that changes have been made to improve the reliability of the service. Improvements have been made to the 2S service which should make it easier for pupils from the West End to get to St John's High School. A number of parents have raised that issue with me and hopefully this will solve some of the problems which have been raised.
Obviously as with all such changes the proof of the pudding will be in the eating and it will be interesting to see if these changes do live up to the claims made for them. I was happy to meet with the bus company and discuss their work in the West End. If local residents have any problems with these services once the changes have been made I would be happy to go back to the bus company to raise their concerns.
Later on I attended the civic reception held for the conference. It was good to meet a number of the delegates and to discuss the issues which concern them.
As a historian of nineteenth century Dundee I think that it is important that we preserve links with Dundee's fascinating heritage in the jute and textile industry. It is also important to ensure that we find a sustainable and long-term use for this site. The Evening Telegraph tonight published my thoughts on this together with other local councillors.
In the meantime this site is still on the buildings at risk register of the Scottish Civic Trust, click here for more details.
Tonight I attended a meeting of the board of DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts). This was a very interesting meeting. The current exhibition by Thomas Hirschhorn, It's Burning Everywhere is on until 29th November. As I have said before it is well worth a visit but don't just take my view for this read this review from Scotland on Sunday which is very positive about the exhibition.
Scottish Labour spokesperson on Leisure, Arts and Communities on Dundee City Council, Councillor Richard McCready today welcomed the announcement of funding from sportscotland to allow the project tot replace the Olympia Swimming Pool to continue.
Councillor Richard McCready said, 'I welcome this announcement, I am glad that sportscotland and the Scottish Government have listened to the representations which I, and many others, have made to secure funding for the new pool. The proposals for the new pool were developed when I was the Convener of Leisure, Arts and Communities and it is good to see these plans being brought nearer to fruition.'
'Delivering excellent sports facilities for the people of Dundee is an important role for the council and I hope that the City Council will continue to provide excellent sports facilities. It is important that council builds on the interest in sport which will no doubt be created by the Olympic Games in London and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.'
'The new pool is an exciting proposal for the city of Dundee and I hope that this funding will allow real progress to be made on building this ambitious project. I hope that the building of the pool will be a welcome boost to the economy of Dundee in the not too distant future.'
I have been approached a number of concerned parents and grandparents about the car parking situation at St Joseph's Primary School
I am calling for action over parking at St Joseph's Primary School. A number of concerned parents who are worried about parking on Bellfield Street at the beginning and the end of the school day have approached me, these parents are also concerned about the state of the alternative car park at Wilkie's Lane.
These parents have raised their concerns with me about road safety in the vicinity of St Joseph's. I am obviously aware of plans to replace St Joseph's but that is a few years away at least action is required now to protect the current pupils. I have contacted the Depute Chief Executive of the Council, Miss Patricia McIlquham who was responsible for a pilot scheme at Park Place Primary and at Eastern Primary. I want to know if there were any lessons learnt in the pilot and whether any of these could be applied to St Joseph's. I have also raised the issue with the Director of Education and asked what his department can do in this situation.
It is clear that the 'car park' at Wilkie's Lane is in a poor state of repair and that many people are unwilling to use it. I hope that the City Council can come up with some ideas which will improve road safety at St Joseph's.
I welcome this report and I will be studying it in detail. The report will be debated in the Scottish Parliament on 12th November and it will be interesting to hear the views of the parliament. I think that it is important that this report is given due consideration. I fully expect the report to be discussed in detail by Tayside Fire and Rescue Board in due course. The report is challenging and we need to give serious consideration to 'reduced ignition propensity cigarettes' and new regulations for sprinkler systems. We need to ensure that there is effective education and prevention schemes in place.
Last week I visited Tayside Fire and Rescue's Community Safety department and was very impressed with their work. We need to ensure that we are giving them all the support we can. I think if this report is studied and implemented we can make Scotland safer. It is important that the Scottish Government looks seriously at implementing this report. This is important for the safety of civilians and for the safety of the brave men and women of the fire and rescue service who work on our behalf to protect us.
This afternoon I was happy to attend a book-sale in aid of Amnesty International held at Dundee University. I managed to find a couple of interesting books to add to my collection. Well done to all those involved in organising this event.
More importantly I was happy to do a little bit to support Amnesty. Amnesty International do a great job and I have been a member for a number of years and I like to do what I can to support them. Promoting human rights is important, if you want to find out more about the work of Amnesty International visit their website.
Saturday morning saw a well-attended coffee morning at Dundee West Church Hall for the Friends of Magdalen Green. The friends do a great job highlighting the excellent resource that Magdalen Green is and also protecting it against any problems. They run a photographic competition and the winning photographs make up the Friends of Magdalen Green calendar. For details of how to buy the excellent calendar please click here. The Friends website is worth a look, to find out about the other work they do.
More importantly, away from politics Ricky was a family man and will be missed by his many friends and family, especially Eleanor his wife. My thoughts and prayers are with them at this time and I shall miss Ricky.
Councillor Richard McCready said, 'A couple of constituents raised this issue with me, and subsequently I noticed drivers doing this myself. These traffic lights were replaced over the summer and I think that the slightly different set up has caused a little confusion. Officers from the City Development Department have visited the site and decided that an extended hood on the red signal concerned should solve the problem. I will be keeping an eye on the situation but I am very pleased that there has been prompt action by the council on this issue.'
Please see below the response received from the City Development Department
My officers have visited the Hawkhill/Bellfield Street junction to observe driver behaviour and did observe one driver hesitating as they made the left turn from Bellfield Street. The convention that should be followed by drivers is that they should only stop at the red light if a solid white line is present. In the example you describe the drivers are observing the secondary red signal which relates to traffic approaching from the west (Hawkhill) and should continue through the junction unless other obstructions are present. This layout is fairly standard; however, to minimise any confusion we have arranged for an extended hood to be installed on the red signal.
Professor Nye, the principal of the institute, outlined their vision for the future and if they are successful it will be a very exciting project. I'd like to congratulate everyone who graduated and wish the Institute all the very best for the future. To find out more about the Institute visit their website. For more about their ambitious plans click here. The Al Maktoum Institute has played a role in the community in the West End and could do a lot more if their ambitious plans come to fruition.
I was very happy to get the opportunity to find out more about the work of the Community Fire Safety Department of Tayside Fire and Rescue. The work of firefighters nowadays is so much more than firefighting, they play an important role in educating people in an attempt to prevent fires. It was very interesting to hear about the range and breadth of the work which they undertake. They promote home fire safety visits and also undertake statutory fire safety work in commercial premises. It is clear that they do a lot of work in an attempt to keeps fires and fire injuries to an absolute minimum. Unfortunately we will never be able to replace the frontline firefighter who attends fires in an emergency but it is clear that lots of excellent work is being done to educate the public to promote fire safety.
Community Safety Partnership Annual Report
At the meeting I spoke on a number of items. As Labour's spokesperson for Leisure, Arts and Communities I spoke at that committee. I spoke about the Community Safety Partnerships Annual Report for 2008/09. This is an important report, I said, ' This report is welcome and it is important to see proper partnerships operate between all the agencies involved in making Dundee a safer place. It is important that the concerns of a great many of our constituents are looked at and are acted upon. Concerns about vandalism are really important to constituents.
Clearly illegal drugs and alcohol cause many of the problems which cause problems for people in Dundee. The use of illegal drugs and the misuse of alcohol are things that we should not tolerate.
I am glad that this partnership sees focusing on antisocial behaviour, controlled drugs, acquisitive crime, violence reduction and raising community safety awareness. We know that Dundee is a great place to live and work in and we must all work hard to ensure that all the citizens of Dundee feel safe in our city.'
Outdoor access improvements
The Council proposes to spend some money upgrading the green circular and paths in Balgay Park. The plans in Balgay Park enhance the area around the Hird or Balgay Bridge. I performed the official re-opening of Balgay Bridge back in 2008. I welcome these proposals, 'Improving outdoor access is an important part of making sure that our city is as attractive as possible. The Green Circular is popular and I am sure that the improvements will be welcomed. Walking in Balgay Park is also very popular and I know that a lot of people are very happy to see the refurbished Hird or Balgay Bridge; I welcome these moves which will make it more accessible.'
The Policy and Resources Committee received a report about the budget process for next year. We heard a deputation from the trade union UNISON, which sought to protect jobs and services. I made a few comments on this, 'It is clear that the Scottish Government has more money to spend this year than it had last year. The Scottish Government's budget is rising by £600 million in the next financial year. Mr Salmond has double the amount of money to spend than was available to Donald Dewar in 1999. In 2009-10 the Scottish Government budget was £29.38 billion; in 2010-11 it rises to £29.98 billion; this is both a cash increase and a real terms increase.'
'The SNP Administration in the Scottish Government is cutting local government's budget in real terms by 0.5%. Local government spend as a proportion of Scottish Government spend is lower under the SNP. Since the SNP low of 32.3% in 2007-08, the share of spend has consistently risen to 33.9% to this year, but this is still less than it was under Labour.'
'All of us elected by the people of Dundee have a duty to work together in the best interests of the people of Dundee to deliver a budget in the best interests of the people of Dundee. That's a budget that protects jobs and services and keeps the Council Tax as low as a possible. We have to work together to deliver for the people of Dundee. These are difficult economic times across the world we must make the best of it and not be distracted by blaming other people. This is the time for a mature approach to the budget not for petty point scoring.'
Fairer Scotland Fund
I asked officers of the council what they intended to do in subsequent financial years with the Fairer Scotland Fund. This fund will cease to be ring-fenced next year and the Scottish Government has made no commitment beyond the end of the next financial year. I think that this uncertainty is a problem for the many voluntary organisations who serve the people of Dundee.