BEGINS the event blurb, to this event being organised by the regeneration organisation, SURF: “The current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic – and its social, economic and environmental impacts – has brought to the fore the importance of communities and the impact of the ability to deliver services, employment, health care, well-being, economic services and more at a local level, while dealing with the issues that previous economic, infrastructure and social structures left us vulnerable to.
“This has been reflected in the new Programme for Government, with a £100m Green Jobs Fund, a £80m Place Fund and a £20m High Street Fund.”
* Local food production, supply chain and the alleviation of food poverty;
* Support for local businesses, ‘buying local’ and ‘local currency’;
* Local energy networks, green energy and heat and the alleviation of fuel poverty;
* Economic regeneration, the repurposing of existing space, land and assets to support the ‘new economy’ and the creation of ‘green jobs’;
* Regional hubs and ’20-minute neighbourhoods’; and
* Investment and access to funding.
Speakers include Phil Prentice, chief officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and Jill Muirie, Public Health programme manager, Glasgow Centre for Population Health.