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The games were great, but let’s now tackle poverty

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The ​Poverty Alliance says regeneration must be ongoing as part of the Commonwealth Games' legacy

Poverty campaigners have said Glasgow can prove the 20th Commonwealth Games were the “best ever” by ensuring regeneration is enshrined in its legacy.

The 11-day event, which ended on Sunday, saw thousands of visitors flock to the city and has been hailed a huge success.

However, amidst the celebration, the Poverty Alliance stressed it is important to remember that Glasgow is still a city with high levels of deprivation, with as many as one in two children in the east end growing up in poverty.

Glasgow 2014 promised regeneration and this has started with the building of new venues such as the Chris Hoy velodrome, new social housing in the form of the athlete’s village, and jobs created.

The Poverty Alliance, however, said that It is important momentum on regeneration isn’t lost now that the Games are over.

Peter Kelly, the group’s director, said: “The Commonwealth Games have been fantastic for Glasgow and there has been a noticeable buzz around the city over the past few weeks.

“There is, however, still a lot of work to be done to tackle poverty in Glasgow to ensure that all children in this great city get the best start in life.

“Glasgow 2014 has provided the foundations for serious, long term regeneration in the east end and it is important that this continues now that the Games are over.

“The real regeneration of Glasgow’s east end will be the legacy that this Games deserves.”

 

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