Moray’s Tackling Poverty forum set to put out the ‘house full’ boards

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Richard Lochhead chairs the Tackling Poverty forum

ALMOST EVERY SEAT has been taken at a forum being held in Elgin on Friday that discusses tackling poverty in the region and building a fairer Moray.

The Alexander Graham Bell Centre will host the forum with speakers arriving from throughout the country – including Lindsay Graham, a leading expert on child poverty and holiday hunger.

Professor John H McKendrick, who has published reports on issues pertaining to the eradication of poverty in Scotland, will also attend as will Simon Shaw from Sustain, who support organisations to tackle food poverty in their area.

The event will be chaired by Richard Lochhead MSP and the opening speaker will be Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security.

Local organisations attending will include REAP Scotland, Moray School Bank, Moray Citizens Advice Bureau and Moray Foodbank, who will have stalls providing information on support available in Moray – delegates will also have the opportunity to network during the course of the day.

Kathy Ross Chair at organisers the Moray Foodbank said: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract such an eminent group of speakers to our conference, and that so many people have expressed an interest in attending the event.

“One hoped for outcome is that as organisations we can learn from emerging best practice in other areas to help develop our services and responses locally. If we work together we can do much to tackle poverty in Moray, even in times of austerity.”

“The event is close to being fully booked but a few tickets are still available via Eventbrite. You can also keep up-to-date via Twitter using #fairermoray or through the Fairer Moray Forum Facebook page.