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Poverty figures

November 13th 2009
The latest official figures on poverty in Scotland, the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), show that Glasgow has continually improved, lifting more areas of the city out of deprivation. While there are still pockets of deprivation in parts of Dundee, Fife, North Ayrshire and North Lanarkshire, other areas such as Clackmannanshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire have shown improvements. Although levels of employment deprivation in the most deprived areas is still well above the national average of 9 per cent, the figures also show employment deprivation has fallen in the most deprived areas from 30 per cent to 26 per cent. The Scottish Government published a joint statement, focusing all partners on tackling the challenges facing the most deprived communities. Priorities will include tackling the root causes of deprivation, early interventions to address emerging problems, joint working between community planning partners and improving job opportunities. Housing Minister Alex Neil said: "It is encouraging to see progress and the sustained change that is happening in Glasgow but there are still serious problems to be addressed in our communities. We know there are areas where daily life is a lot harder because of the area you live in, and this is unacceptable. That means we are taking bold steps to tackle long running social issues like drug and alcohol abuse that have been left to fester for too long. "We're also breathing new life into communities right across the country, investing millions of pounds in large-scale regeneration projects and affordable house building. Importantly, we are giving local councils more flexibility to deliver local work, training, health and education initiatives that is right for the people in their communities. "All this will contribute to making a lasting change and ensure everyone in Scotland has equal opportunity to reach their full potential."

November 2009



Dispersal zone - a reader responds

Camden closures

Sending 'em back

London's homeless dead remembered

New dispersal zone

Tories outline firmer headcount policy

Big Issue sells office

Controlled Drinking Zone approved...

Bob Dylan donates Xmas dinner to UK homeless

Homeless murder suspect detained

RIP, Gary

Street Swags

Miss Homeless Holland

Free gym service

Homelessness on increase in Scotland

Out of the woods

Bang on target

Still on course

Bye bye Right to Buy

Government backs call for more affordable housing

More rights for tenants?

New cash for housing associations

Poverty figures

Changing Lives Award for Edinburgh woman

Veterans booklet

Street Shield 9: Battling a monster!


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