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Financial Inclusion News - 3 July 2024

Published: Wednesday, 03 July 2024

Financial Inclusion News - 3 July 2024

Financial Inclusion News - 3 July 2024

Welcome to this week's Financial Inclusion Network news

The Financial Inclusion Network is an informal group of over 250 members taken from the Public and Third Sectors which covers all areas of South Lanarkshire.  This network is to share information from a wide range of themes. We hope to provide a new update each week that can be accessed by all members at any time to see what is going on in the area under the headings below. If you would like an item included within our weekly news, please complete our short online form here: https://forms.office.com/e/Ht5w7iAuFi.  For further information, please email communities@southlanarkshire.gov.uk 

Money is not the only  problem – Wellbeing

Taking care of yourself is very important. When you are under stress, it can be harder to do this. Within this section you will find information on places where you can get help to look after your mental and physical health as well as find social links and supports to help you stay comfortable, healthy and happy.


Improvement Service and Public Health Scotland 

We are delighted to share the good news that our Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme received a Commendation at this week's Royal Town Planning Institute Scottish Awards.  We would like to thank everyone involved for their great efforts in helping us achieve this particularly Project Leads, Community Link Leads and Programme Team members for their significant contributions.

Lived Experience Fund - Cambuslang and Rutherglen

The purpose of the Lived Experience Fund is to support organisations in capturing the lived experience of local residents to help inform community planning partnership service delivery and policy development.  Please note that this round of the Lived Experience Fund is for groups, organisations and individuals and families within the Cambuslang and Rutherglen area.  For more information see the link:-  Lived Experience Fund

The Wise Group – Community Jobs Fair

Our Community Jobs Fair is taking place on Tuesday 9 July at Hamilton Accies Football Club from 11am to 2pm.

There are over 30 exhibitors confirmed offering opportunities and support for people in Lanarkshire and beyond in many sectors including Warehousing, Sales and Marketing, Customers Services and more.

Come along and boost your career and find the perfect role for your skills.

Climate Action Hubs – Funding

£5.5m of funding being made available by the Scottish Government to support community climate hubs during 2024/25. The funding is to be distributed across the network of 20 Community Climate Action Hubs and will be used to support a range of projects ranging from small infrastructure projects like local energy generation and flood mitigation, to social programmes including environmental education, capacity building, promoting awareness of local issues or health and wellbeing activities linked to the environment. The Lanarkshire Climate Hub, based in Douglas Water will receive a further £480K of support to distribute to local projects over the next financial year. More information on the Lanarkshire Climate Hub, including examples of projects already supported, available through the second link.

Community action to reach net zero - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)


Best Start, Bright Futures – Tackling Poverty: progress report 2023/24

The latest Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan Annual Progress Report 2023/24, which suggests that there has been limited progress across the board against intermediate targets for child poverty

Best Start, Bright Futures Tackling Child Poverty Progress Report 2023-24 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

End Child Poverty - Child Poverty Statistics 2024

Publication of the most recent 2022/23 figures for Children living in households in relative poverty after housing costs.

The results indicate that the number/ percentage of children living in this type of poverty in South Lanarkshire is now at the highest level recorded for at least 10 years, comparing to previous CECP published figures going back to 2013 e.g. just under 1 in 4 children (23.6%) in South Lanarkshire are living in relative poverty after housing costs in 2022/23

Child Poverty Statistics 2024 - End Child Poverty