This area is known for poverty and deprivation
“I think because it was so unexpected people didn’t know how to deal with it,” she said.
“This area is known for poverty and deprivation, it puts stresses on our clientèle’s households, their personal relationships. We’re referring a lot of our clients to the foodbank.”
Earlier this year, Drumchapel Foodbank said it was facing its “worst food shortage” due to a severe lack of donations and a rise in usage. Just this month, it revealed it had needed to enlist the services of a mental health charity because people are coming to them suicidal.
Benefit changes and delays were cited as a reason for the increase in visitors.
Another local foodbank, the Glasgow NW Foodbank, stated in its annual report that referrals were up by nine percent last year, with 4661 recorded.
The total number of food parcels handed out to adults and children was just short of 10,000.
Facilitated by Blawarthill Parish Church of Scotland, the foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network, has been running since May 2013. Parcel hand-outs have more than doubled since 2015.
“Over the years there have been several factors for the continuing increase in demand for our services,” the annual report states.
“In 2018, the largest influences have been asylum seekers, some of whom received minimal support from the government and others that receive no support.
“Universal Credit was rolled out across Glasgow, however, the impact of this could be felt more in 2019, unless there are significant improvements to how it is rolled out to new claimants.
not under council control, regularly tops exam league tables.
The constituency is held by the SNP, with its candidate Carol Monaghan having represented its residents in Westminster since 2015.
It had been a Labour seat since its formation in 2005, when parts of Glasgow Anniesland and Glasgow Kelvin were combined.
John Robertson won comfortably in both 2005 and 2010, taking 49.2% and 54.1% of the vote respectively.
In that 2010 election, Robertson had a 13,611 majority but just five years later Monaghan took the seat and a 10,364 majority,