Health drives are work­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ini­tia­tives that im­prove the health of peo­ple liv­ing in Castlemilk con­tinue to win fi­nan­cial back­ing from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment as re­cent sta­tis­tics show peo­ple’s health there falls far short of that ex­pected in 2016.

In­for­ma­tion pub­lished by Un­der­stand­ing Glas­gow re­veals one third of the pop­u­la­tion were not con­sid­ered to be in good health in 2012, with 30 per cent of the com­mu­nity lim­ited by a dis­abil­ity.

Life ex­pectancy for women liv­ing in Castlemilk is 76, while men in the area live on av­er­age eight years less at 68.

The Scot­tish av­er­age is 77.1 years for men and 81.1 for women.

A pub­lic health sum­mary for South East Glas­gow re­vealed that the Lang­side and Linn area of Castlemilk re­mains the area of poor­est health.

Like the G or b a l s , Castlemilk fares worse than the Scot­tish and South East av­er­age fig­ures in al­most ev­ery in­di­ca­tor of good health.

Ad­dic­tion is a key con­cern within Castlemilk, as is poor self es­teem and low lev­els of con­fi­dence.

The high level of un­em­ploy­ment - 37 per cent of peo­ple claim out of work ben­e­fits - con­tin­ues to ex­ac­er­bate the level of de­pri­va­tion in Castlemilk and con­trib­utes to the num­ber of chil­dren liv­ing in poverty.

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