THE Clackmannanshire Labour Party has launched its school stationery campaign ahead of the new term.

Families from a range of backgrounds can apply for support and party members will supply them with a pack.

This initiative comes as statistics estimate that 27 per cent of children in the Wee County area are living in poverty, many of whom are facing dire circumstances.

As a result, the party have decided to try and reduce some of the stress of poverty ahead of the new term.

Grant Aitken, secretary of Clacks Labour Party, said he and his fellow members were motivated by seeing the struggle of so many families in the county.

He said: “Labour has to regain trust in its communities, and this is a step in that direction."

The initiative was launched in the wake of figures showing more than half of children in Clacks are entitled to free meals.

A spokesperson for local Labour party said: "The campaign is being driven by young members of the party and is funded by a combination of members, affiliated trade unions and socialist societies involved with the movement: Communication Workers Union, Unite the Union, Unison Scotland and the left-wing campaigning group Campaign for Socialism/Momentum.

"Local members of the party and of the community have also donated a vast amount of resources.

"The campaign hopes to help support families during a time when many face difficulties in buying food never mind stationery for their children going to school.

"Although Labour is not in power, it does not prevent us from helping our community."

Those wishing to obtain a stationery pack can visit the group’s Facebook page @LabourClacks2017 or apply by using the online form or by emailing

Sauchie Active 8 have also agreed to support the campaign, and residents can apply through them if they wish to do so.

Furthermore, members of the public that wish to contribute can get in touch via Facebook or email.