Dundee visit by Keith Brown MSP
Workers and parents from One Parent Families Scotland Dundee Family Support Services participated in an event on Wednesday 12th July with Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work was visiting Dundee to celebrate the Wise Group becoming the 845th accredited Living Wage employer in Scotland and to highlight the importance of the Living Wage in the Scottish and local economies. One Parent Families Scotland, already an accredited Living Wage employer, in Dundee work in partnership with the WISE group to deliver support to single parents as part of a new Employability Pipeline Project in the city.
During a discussion session, parents seeking employment were able to put forward their views about the importance of receiving a decent wage to enable them and their families to have a good enough standard of living.
Kim McRae, OPFS Services Manager in Dundee raised the point with Mr Brown that whilst the provision of decent salaries, such as the living wage was highly beneficial to many families, what remained as a barrier to successful employment, as routes out of poverty for numerous families, was the lack of affordable, flexible childcare. Mr Brown agreed that whilst there have been some improvements in the provision of childcare; there was still some way to go.
One single parent, who has received support from OPFS, spoke of her gratitude to all of the agencies she received support from which has resulted in her securing employment. Without this support, this would not have been possible.