Calls to rescue ‘blighted’ Glasgow

Calls to rescue ‘blighted’ Glasgow
Ben Willis

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith’s Centre for Social Justice today published a report highlighting the extent of the social problems faced by Glasgow as it contends with high unemployment, low life expectancy and widespread teenage gang violence.

The report, the latest in a series by the CSJ on major British cities, revealed that Glasgow has 170 teenage gangs, the same number as London although it has only one sixth of the capital’s population.

And it noted that in some of Glasgow’s poorer areas, such as Carlton, life expectancy is only 54 compared to 80 in parts of the wealthier west end of the city.

The report recommended Glasgow Council make greater use of the voluntary sector to deliver services in deprived areas of the city where trust in statutory service providers is low.

And it said in areas of high unemployment, welfare-to-work programmes should be outsourced to private and third sector bodies, with support for new employees available for up to a year after taking a job.

Responding to the report Glasgow Council leader Stephen Purnell said: ‘It’s well-documented that Glasgow still has a major challenge in terms of our long-standing and deep-rooted social problems.

‘It’s not all bleak; there are green shoots of recovery, where we’re getting the partnership working right.’