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    pleease don't neg me, I'm just asking an honest question! I grew up on an estate and am not a snob!

    My friend is doing a geography masters and he's researching poverty in east glasgow. I didn't know much about it but some of the stuff he's showing me is shocking- there's a story about a guy who can't walk down his street without seeing needles everywhere, the child poverty figures are terrible, it's the poorest city in the first world- anyone know much about life there either cos they're from there or through stories?
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    Maybe things will improve if Scotland becomes independent ?
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    (Original post by mulberry1)
    pleease don't neg me, I'm just asking an honest question! I grew up on an estate and am not a snob!

    My friend is doing a geography masters and he's researching poverty in east glasgow. I didn't know much about it but some of the stuff he's showing me is shocking- there's a story about a guy who can't walk down his street without seeing needles everywhere, the child poverty figures are terrible, it's the poorest city in the first world- anyone know much about life there either cos they're from there or through stories?
    I'm aware Glasgow has problems but I think it's a little harsh to describe it as the poorest city in the first world. This report says that the welfare per capita spend (a figure linked to poverty rates, as I'm sure you're aware) is the ninth highest in the UK in Glasgow- not the first.

    http://www.centreforcities.org/asset...TLOOK_2011.pdf

    From my own impressions I've seen cities in the US and UK with just as bad if not worse poverty.

    I grew up in a really nice suburb of Glasgow, Newton Mearns to be specific, so I've not exactly been surrounded by poverty all my life. I have however spent time in Baillieston- what could be described as a less savoury part of the city and one that has helped the city achieve the reputation it has. I don't know what street you're talking about but I've never encountered anything like that. Don't get me wrong it was dodgy as hell, but no worse than anything I've seen in Oldham or Tower Hamlets, for example (I'm not an expert on these areas- it was just my general impression). It's just like any other provincial British city, from my experience- even wonderful Edinburgh has parts that are shocking.

    On the specific point you're making about child poverty, I'd like to note this further statistic that shows while Glasgow has appalling figures for child poverty- only one of its constituencies ranks in the top ten- compared to two each in Greater Manchester and the North East. Say what you like about population size, but the fact remains that it is a Manchester constituency and not a Glasgow one that has the highest concentration of child poverty in the UK.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21511583

    Hope that helps- now back to my essay
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    (Original post by scotland369)
    I'm aware Glasgow has problems but I think it's a little harsh to describe it as the poorest city in the first world. This report says that the welfare per capita spend (a figure linked to poverty rates, as I'm sure you're aware) is the ninth highest in the UK in Glasgow- not the first.

    http://www.centreforcities.org/asset...TLOOK_2011.pdf

    From my own impressions I've seen cities in the US and UK with just as bad if not worse poverty.

    I grew up in a really nice suburb of Glasgow, Newton Mearns to be specific, so I've not exactly been surrounded by poverty all my life. I have however spent time in Baillieston- what could be described as a less savoury part of the city and one that has helped the city achieve the reputation it has. I don't know what street you're talking about but I've never encountered anything like that. Don't get me wrong it was dodgy as hell, but no worse than anything I've seen in Oldham or Tower Hamlets, for example (I'm not an expert on these areas- it was just my general impression). It's just like any other provincial British city, from my experience- even wonderful Edinburgh has parts that are shocking.

    On the specific point you're making about child poverty, I'd like to note this further statistic that shows while Glasgow has appalling figures for child poverty- only one of its constituencies ranks in the top ten- compared to two each in Greater Manchester and the North East. Say what you like about population size, but the fact remains that it is a Manchester constituency and not a Glasgow one that has the highest concentration of child poverty in the UK.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21511583

    Hope that helps- now back to my essay


    Well said! Was that not your essay? :lolz:
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    Maybe things will improve if Scotland becomes independent ?
    How so?
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    (Original post by the bear)
    Maybe things will improve if Scotland becomes independent ?
    I hope that this is sarcasm
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    How so?
    the SNP could do more to revive ship-building on the Clyde once they are in charge of the country.
    People will always need ships ...you can have all the fancypants data jobs in the world but things will need to be moved by ship ye ken
 
 
 
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