Child poverty rates for ethnic minority groups in Glasgow continue to be higher, according to a new report. 

Information collected by the Centre for Civic Innovation revealed the extent and persistence of child poverty in the city in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and shows poverty rates between ethnic groups vary significantly.  

It also shows during 2022/23, the financial advocacy service for vulnerable women during pregnancy received 190 referrals. Just under half of those (45%) were black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women and 1 in every 5 required an interpreter. 

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An update was presented to elected members who have a statutory duty to develop and publish an annual local child poverty action report.

Glasgow’s fifth LCPAR which continues the council’s mission to reduce the number of children living in relative, absolute and persistent poverty by 2030 provides a snapshot of the work undertaken to make this happen and recognises that much work needs to be done if Glasgow is to meet the “challenging” child poverty targets set for 2030.

However, concerns were raised by Green councillors about the lack of detail linking child poverty and violence against women.

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Holly Bruce, said: “I am disappointed that there is nothing in the report about child poverty and violence against women. 

“We know that it is a key driver and there is no mention of it in the action plan. There is a brief mention of BAME women and with regards to child poverty but there is nothing about violence against women and we know that it is a key link there.” 

A council officer confirmed that they would be happy to look at the issue and include it in the final report.