Published 06 October 2022

A conference to encourage local partnership action to mitigate the impact of the cost of living crisis on residents has been hailed a success.

The Cost of Living Conference invited representatives from local organisations and community groups to share the steps they were taking to support employees and service users as well as put forward ideas of how the Council could strengthen it through a partnership working approach.

During the event, which was organised by the Council’s cross party Cost of Living working group, attendees had the opportunity to share and discuss their own experiences and hear what others in the community are doing.

Attendees were also able to engage with the existing supports available through the Council, with information available from Working4u, Business Gateway and the Communities team.

Councillor Michelle McGinty, chair of the Cost of Living Working Group, said: “I want to thank all invited guests who attended the conference and took the time to share their thoughts on supporting our communities during a particularly challenging period.

“This event was organised to share information, and ensure that any positive steps could be replicated throughout the area for the maximum benefit for our residents.

“This was an initial conversation starter, allowing us to engage with our communities but was well-received and feedback was that groups felt listened to.

“We will continue to work together with local businesses and other organisations to ensure we can do as much as possible to support those who are feeling the pressure.”

Councillor Clare Steel, Vice Chair of the working group, said: “This was an extremely valuable event with a number of key representatives from across west Dunbartonshire.

“It was inspiring to hear so many positive initiatives already underway and a number of other fantastic ideas that could really help support our communities in the coming winter months.

“We are committed to helping our residents through this crisis, offering advice and support alongside our investment to help those hardest hit.”