Ash Denham MSP has written to the City of Edinburgh Council’s Education, Children and Families Committee ahead of today’s meeting to approve funding for local charities, asking councillors to “re-consider” council officers’ recommendations.
In the letter, the Edinburgh Eastern MSP said she believes the funding recommendations, contained within the 2020/23 Communities and Families Grant to Third Parties Programme report, “are not spread evenly through-out the city of Edinburgh” and that not funding projects run by the likes of the Health Opportunities Team, the Venchie Children & Young People’s Project and the Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre will “be of detriment to my constituents” and “inconceivable”.
Ms. Denham pointed to statistics from the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation Index showing the areas in and around Craigmillar and Gilmerton are among the most impoverished parts of the capital, yet they have not been recommended to receive the same levels of funding for charities and projects based in those areas as in other parts of the city.
Ash Denham said:
“I have written to councillors on the Education, Children and Families Committee ahead of this crucial meeting which will set out the council’s funding of charity and community-run programmes for the next three years.
“I have urged the committee members to re-consider supporting the recommendations held within this report, as I do not feel funds have been allocated proportionately across the city to the areas most in need and who rely on programmes delivered by the likes of the Health Opportunities Team, the Venchie Children & Young People’s Project and Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre.
“First and foremost I am an elected representative of the Edinburgh Eastern, and so on behalf of these organisations doing outstanding work in my constituency, I call on councillors to understand the need for these areas to receive the funding and the support they deserve.”