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SCOTTISH REFORM COULD ENDANGER ANTI-POVERTY SCHEMES, SAYS FORUM

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Local government reform in Scotland could endanger millions of pounds worth of council anti-poverty schemes, the Sc...
Local government reform in Scotland could endanger millions of pounds worth of council anti-poverty schemes, the Scottish Local Government Forum Against Poverty was told at the weekend, reports the Scotsman (20 Dec, p4).

John Gray, a Strathclyde regional councillor responsible for anti- poverty policies, said that the planned reorganisation could cost between £200-£400 million, with additional running costs as much as £50 a year. The money would be better spent alleviating poverty and unemployment, he said.

Fife councillor, Bob Young, also spoke at the forum's inaugural meeting and said Scotland needed to create a powerful and political voice to speak for the growing number of poor people of in Scotland.
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