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Glasgow poverty 'not inevitable'

A group of leading charities gathered in Glasgow City Chambers this morning to declare that poverty in the city is not inevitable and must be eradicated. 

The conference was organised by the city's eight Citizens Advice Bureaux and was attended by over 170 people from dozens of charities and community groups across the city. 

Citizens Advice Scotland's Chief Executive Margaret Lynch told the conference: 

"There is nothing inevitable about poverty in this city. We must not allow that defeatist attitude to prevail. No organisation has all the answers, but by working together we can make practical differences to peoples lives every day, and eventually stamp out hardship altogether. That must be our goal, and if we remain focused on it and work together there is no reason why we can't achieve it." 

Cllr Malcolm Cunning, Glasgow Council's Executive Member for Social Care, told the conference: 

"We are a rich city, and yet one in three of the city's children live in poverty. That is something we should all regard as an outrage, and we all have a role to play in eradicating it. Today is not just talking shop. We must begin to work together better than ever before, to make the real practical changes that will make poverty and hardship a thing of the past." 

The conference made a start at putting together an action plan, involving all the anti-poverty groups and agencies in the city. This will be published over the next few weeks. 

Other speakers at the conference included Dr Jim McCormick, of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Caroline Mockford, a member of the Poverty Truth Commission and Jackie Killeen, Scottish Director, Big Lottery Fund. 


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