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Peter Gibson Memorial Fund
Championing Consumers - The story of consumer advocacy in Scotland from 1975 to 2014 records the impact in the everyday lives of ordinary consumers over the last four decades of the Scottish Consumer Council and its successor Consumer Focus Scotland.
Championing Consumers voices concerns that the independent voice of the consumer has been lost as a result of the abolition of Consumer Focus Scotland, the successor to the Scottish Consumer Council, in the Westminster 'bonfire of the quangos'. It claims that "there is a persistent and growing inequality between rich and poor, with a continuing and growing challenge to protect the interests of the least advantaged members of society. This ever-changing context underlines the importance of a strong consumer advocacy body and the need for such a body in Scotland today."
Amanda Britain Gibson, Chair of the Peter Gibson Memorial Fund who have issue the report, says:
"The need for a consumer advocacy body is as great today as it has ever been. Social, economic and political change create an ever-changing context throwing up new challenges and unexpected effects on consumers, particularly those who are most disadvantaged. The abolition of Consumer Focus Scotland in 2014 by the UK government will I am sure be seen as one of the big mistakes of political decision-making in the past decade."
Download a copy of Championing Consumers here. To request a printed copy of the report please email or call 01786 448610.
About the Peter Gibson Memorial Fund
The Peter Gibson Memorial Fund (PGMF) was established in memory of Peter Gibson, Director of the Scottish Consumer Council (SCC) from 1977-90, who died in 2005, aged 58. The Fund was set up by a small group of close friends and colleagues who, as trustees, wanted to carry forward his ideas and interests.
The Fund has supported activities that contribute to improving the quality of life for consumers in Scotland. Its Travelling Scholarship programme has supported individuals to go abroad to research consumer issues and use what they have learned to benefit Scotland's consumers.
The Fund benefited from the financial support of the SCC and individual supporters, and is a registered Scottish charity (SC039709).
The Fund is no longer accepting applications for grants, and the production of Championing Consumers is the Fund's final activity before it is closed.