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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-05029

Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, June 23, 2022

Supported by: Foysol Choudhury (Registered interest ), Sharon Dowey, Stephen Kerr, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, Paul Sweeney, Sue Webber

That the Parliament commends Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) for its work to support local communities during the COVID-19 lockdown; understands that the ELREC partnered with Fareshare and local businesses, Leith decides, and Edinburgh Community Food (ECF), to provide weekly food boxes to local communities, including BAME communities; recognises that ELREC provided 35 to 60 food boxes each week with the help of volunteers, providing over 2,000 food boxes to local communities; notes that ELREC launched the Equally Informed project to provide trustful information to thousands of marginalised people in Scotland, with the focus being to help those in Edinburgh and Lothians; understands that this was due to some communities relying on foreign sources for COVID-19 information and not the information that was provided by the NHS and local government because of certain barriers; understands that ELREC received many enquiries from BAME communities asking for help with digital devices, due to schooling, exams, and socialising having shifted to online approaches; further understands that, through a grant to Connecting Scotland, ELREC was able to secure and provide 85 digital devices to families in need in Edinburgh, and to provide a further 135 devices to low income, BAME and single parent families, and expresses its thanks to funders, volunteers, and active community members for their time and efforts.