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Agenda:
Welfare reform, poverty and inequality
Third Sector Support:
Research
Location:
Glasgow
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Social engineering policies from the Scotland Office contributed to the decline of Glasgow a city and led to the so called ‘Glasgow Effect’ according to a new report.   As reported in the herald, research conducted by Glasgow Centre for Population Health, University of the West of Scotland, NHS Scotland and University College of London, following the release of Scottish Office documents under the 30 year rule, revealed that the creation of new towns deliberately ‘creamed off’ Glasgow’s skilled workforce and young families, which led to a situation where the city was left with “the old, the very poor and the almost unemployable”.

The research is described as an evidence-based and credible explanation for the fact that Glasgow suffers from such poor health in comparison to other cities, such as Liverpool, that went through the same process of deindustrialisation.  “Until now this has been an unexplained phenomenon: but this new research is based on assessment of a huge amount of evidence and is not speculation-based.”

“The mortality rate is 15 percent higher in Glasgow across all social classes and ages, while premature mortality (dying under 65) is 30 percent higher, and much higher among the poorest in the city. The so-called ‘Glasgow effect’ means more people die from the cancer, heart disease, strokes as well as drugs, alcohol and suicide than do in other comparable cities.”

The report will be published next week

Source: The Herald


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