Scots discuss minority issues

By Stephanie Brickman, October 7, 2010

Representatives of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities have met the Scottish Labour Party leader to brief him on communal issues.

At the meeting with Iain Gray MSP, which was attended by SCoJeC representatives Ephraim Borowski and Leah Granat as well as Ken Macintosh MSP for East Renfrewshire, concerns were expressed about the effect of the trend towards localisation on minority communities in general.

Ephraim Borowski, director of SCoJeC, said: "A lot of people talk about the minority community, but you can't talk about minorities as homogenous. If there's a small minority, like Jews in the Highlands for example, the numbers are so tiny that no local authority is going to make provision for them. They have to be supported by being in touch with a national organisation."

Other topics raised with Mr Gray included outreach, antisemitism and welfare in the community. Mr Gray also accepted an invitation to address a public meeting, to be arranged jointly with Glasgow Representative Council.

Last updated: 11:24am, October 8 2010