Fairness Commission

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THE DISCUSSIONS and deliberations of Dundee’s Fairness Commission are being thrown open to members of the public tomorrow (Tuesday).

Members will hear from experts including Jim McCormick, Scottish adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Peter Kelly, director of The Poverty Alliance about “in work poverty”.

Cllr Jimmy Black, convener of the Fairness Commission said: “I am very keen that the people of Dundee come to our meetings and engage with the problems caused by poverty in our communities, as well as the solutions being brought forward.

“Poverty is a complex issue and there are no easy answers to the inter-connected reasons for and problems it causes.

“The Dundee Fairness Commission has gathered a group of people together with years of experience and plenty of enthusiasm to tackle the issues raised, but we want to involve the people of Dundee in our work, even if to begin with that is as simple as attending one of our meetings to see what happens.”

Dr Jim McCormick is Scotland adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) and co-founder of research partnership McCormick-McDowell.

He is on Scottish Business in the Community’s Board and The Stroke Association’s Scotland Committee, and has advised government, the voluntary sector and independent funders.

Peter Kelly has been active in campaigns for social justice for more than 20 years. In his role as policy manager for the Poverty Alliance he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation, as well as leading on the policy and campaigning goals of the network.. He is currently Vice President of the European Anti-Poverty Network.

The commission will have access to the experts’ presentations and an opportunity to ask questions.

This month’s Fairness Commission meets in Finmill Centre, Findcastle Street, between 6pm and 8pm tomorrow (Tuesday).

More information on the work of the commission can be found at www.dundeecity.gov.uk/fairnesscommission

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