Renfrewshire Council

Community focus of pioneering investment

It's great to see the pioneering Families First programme taking the next step forward in ensuring Renfrewshire's children get the best start in life. The existing core teams in Linwood and Ferguslie - which were put on the national spotlight almost two weeks ago in the Sunday Mail - will be joined by three new teams in Johnstone, Gallowhill and Foxbar following a £1m investment from the council's Tackling Poverty Fund. Currently being set up, these new core teams will support more families through proven neighbourhood-based programmes that we know work and have made an overwhelmingly positive impact on the lives of local families.

Local credit unions are also being given a boost with an £175,898 investment to fight high-cost lenders and tackle poverty. This two pronged approach will see the Tackling Poverty money being allocated across Renfrewshire's four credit unions - Renfrewshire Wide, Gleniffer, White Cart and Johnstone - helping them to modernise services and increase the financial products they offer.

Many people are finding it hard dealing with the spiralling cost of living, coupled with lower wages and welfare reform, and we want to make sure people have the right financial support that is affordable and fair. The money will help to make Renfrewshire's credit union networks the strongest in the country and ensure local people have access to dependable banking services and affordable credit.