Glasgow tops the league of deprived areas

21 Feb 02
Glasgow contains the three most deprived areas in Britain, according to a study by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) which ranks parliamentary constituencies by their levels of poverty and social deprivation.

22 February 2002

It found that Glasgow's Shettleston, Springburn and Maryhill areas were the poorest in the UK. The city's Bailleston constituency came seventh in the league table. Birmingham Ladywood and Manchester Central were fourth and fifth.

The research was based on a United Nations system for rating life expectancy, unemployment, incomes and literacy rates.

Danny Philips, Scottish policy officer for CPAG, said: 'We are asking the government and the public to realise there are people suffering on low incomes and with little prospect of improving their lifestyle.

'The government has to do more to put cash into the local economy to ease poverty levels. Glasgow is a special case which needs special treatment,' he added.

Glasgow City Council has pledged to redouble its efforts to wrest more funding from central government. It received the lowest percentage increase in grant allocation of any council in mainland Britain last year. The Scottish Executive awarded the city a 6.9% increase, 1.26% less than the average.

A council spokeswoman said: 'While the Executive is starting to recognise Glasgow's position, the council is continuing to put its case for a funding settlement that reflects not only Glasgow's well-documented deprivation but also its metropolitan status.'

The study also found that the number of children living in poverty in the UK has risen to 4 million, from 1.4 million in 1979. In Scotland, 29% of children live in low-income families.


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