No light at the end of the tunnel – report highlights hardship in Glasgow due to Welfare Reform

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, on Monday 19th October GCVS hosted a packed event at the Albany Centre to launch a report on the impact of welfare reform on individuals, families and services in Glasgow.

‘No Light at the End of the Tunnel’ is the conclusion of a 15 month long partnership project between the Poverty Alliance, GCVS and the Scottish Drugs Forum.

The project engaged 700 individuals and 100 organisations in Glasgow through qualitative and quantitative research, networking events and awareness raising workshops.

The report contains case studies of individuals affected by benefit changes and the experiences of frontline staff who struggle to cope with the demand on services in the face of continued funding cuts.

The report states: “Welfare reform is causing considerable hardship across Glasgow and is stretching the resources and resilience of both people and organisations to breaking point.”

Following the launch Helen Scammell, Head of Operations at GCVS said:-

“The event was a great success with over 80 delegates attending and contributing to useful and practical discussion around how we can protect the most vulnerable of Glasgow’s citizens. Thanks to Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council for giving the keynote speech and highlighting the importance of the third sector and the role that we have to play.

Our hope is that this project will influence Glasgow’s response to welfare changes moving forward. One of the biggest challenges we face is the impact of welfare reform on vulnerable people and the increase in demand on the Third Sector.”

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, said:

“The report makes clear the negative impact that welfare reform is having on individuals and organisations across Glasgow.

We hope that this report will help people and organisations prepare for further changes as we see the roll out of Universal Credit and PIP continues.”

GCVS continues to work to mitigate the impact of welfare reform through our Building Connections project. Building Connections aims to ensure that services and citizens in Glasgow have access to the latest information on benefit changes and have a platform for sharing ideas, tackling challenges and celebrating success.

For more information about the project contact Johanna Speirs on 0141 332 2444 or at

For more information on Challenge Poverty Week visit the Poverty Alliance website.

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