This area is known for poverty and de­pri­va­tion

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“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,

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