Latest Campaigns LOCAL PEOPLE URGED TO TAKE PART IN FOOD SURVEY Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service (D&GCAS) is urging local people to take part in a national survey on issues relating to food, including cost, choice, access and quality. The Food on the Table survey will run for the next month. It is available online at www.cas.org.uk/foodonthetable and paper copies will also be available at the local Citizens Advice Bureaux in Annan, Dumfries, Castle Douglas and Stranraer. This builds on the findings of D&GCAS’ research into food poverty in the region in 2015 and 2017. Both reports can be accessed on our website at: www.dagcas.org/reports-and-publications D&GCAS Chief Executive, Sue Irving says, “Those that come through our doors often talk about how hard it can be for them to put food on the table. Cost is certainly a major issue for many, but it is not the only one. We also hear from people who find it hard to access good quality food at affordable prices in the local shops. We also know from our own Cost of Living in Dumfries & Galloway research that accessing low cost food can be very difficult in the region. “The Scottish CAB network is running this national survey, and I want to make sure that Dumfries and Galloway as a region is heard. The results will be used to inform government ministers and help shape future policy on food, so it is important that people here don’t miss out on their chance to have their say. “So we are asking everyone to complete this short survey. We want to hear from people of all backgrounds and sections of society. It only takes a few minutes and you don’t have to give your name, but the more responses we get the stronger our voice will be.” The Food on the Table survey can be completed online at www.cas.org.uk/foodonthetable and you can also get a paper copy from your local Citizens Advice Bureau. Notes D&G CAS is an independent registered charity with the charity number SC027107. It first opened in 1997. It currently employs 56 staff, and has over 60 volunteers and turnover last year was £1.4 million. The opening hours of each office are available on the organisation’s website dagcas.org. A survey carried out for Citizens Advice Scotland in April found that 33% of Scots had gone without food in the past year due to lack of money (28% said this had happened between 1 and 6 times, and 5% said it had happened more than 6 times). The same survey also found that 71% of Scots were concerned about Brexit, and of these 65% cited the cost of food and other essentials as a concern; 33% also cited the availability and choice of fresh food. This survey was carried out by Progressive. 2,010 Scots were surveyed, weighted to ensure it was a representative sample of Scots. Full details are available on request.