Cash to tackle race and gender issues

Equalities Secretary Angela Constance announced the funding
Equalities Secretary Angela Constance announced the funding

West Lothian Council has been given a slice of a £20 million funding pot to help families affected by inequality and discrimination.

The council’s children’s services and West Lothian Domestic & Sexual Assault Services will receive the cash to tackle issues faced by individuals, families, children and communities in relation to the likes of hate crimes against LGBTI people, violence against women and racism.

More than 224 projects will benefit from the money nationwide to drive forward Scotland’s equality agenda over the next year.

Livingston MSP and Equalities Secretary Angela Constance announced the full list of projects that will benefit from funding as she visited a multi-cultural family base on yesterday days after the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in an act of terror and hate which killed 49 people.

She said: “This week we saw the worst targeted attack on LGBTI people that we have seen in the western world in recent times. Scotland has made some great progress on LGBTI rights and we are considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe in terms of LGBTI equality.

“But we are not complacent. We recognise there is still work to do to eradicate prejudice and discrimination against LGBTI people.

“We are allocating over £850,000 from this budget to organisations and projects that are working towards this aim.”

She added: “Equality is part of the aspiration and ambition we have for Scotland. No one should be treated unfairly, suffer injustice or be denied opportunities because of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or sexual orientation.

“Amongst the 224 projects receiving funding support this year are frontline services which are working directly with communities to address local issues.

“We are committed to working with all of these organisations to ensure we continue to progress equality whilst supporting the most vulnerable in our society.”