SCoJeC gets fourth grant from gov't

THE Scottish Council of Jewish Communities has received increased funding from the Scottish government for the fourth successive year.

The award, from the government's funding for equality and community cohesion, saw a rise of 28 per cent in 2015-2016 and a further 20 per cent increase has been pledged for the coming year.

The aims of the new Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund are to reduce discrimination, lessen the experience of hate crime, improve community cohesion and address imbalances in representation in public life.

SCoJeC director Ephraim Borowski said: "This shows the trust SCoJeC has earned by consistently delivering on our undertakings.

"We welcome the government's response to the evidence that its previous support has enabled us to collect about people's real experience of 'Being Jewish in Scotland' and their commitment to combating hatred and discrimination and to making communities stronger, safer and better integrated.

"However, the grant only covers around one-third of the projected cost of our proposal. We will need to raise the remainder with the community."

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