moonbeam wrote:It was part of the east end "GEAR" renewal project. GEAR Glasgow East Area Renewal. Millions got pumped in of UK government money after Beardmores, Arrols etc closed and the east end of Glasgow was "tarted up" with lots of derelict sites cleared and cleaned up.
• By 1986 two thirds of the population were living in new or modernized housing
• Gear created over 2000 additional jobs between 1976 and 1985.
• By 1987 the Scottish development agency had assembled 190 ha of industrial land, industrial units were provided to attract industry.
However despite all of the efforts between 1976 – 1985 16,000 jobs were lost through economic decline.
An academic study was undertaken on job creation programmes in the GEAR area. This found that very few had actually been taken by local people. The estimated total was nine jobs. Many jobs in the new service sector economy are low paid, part-time, insecure, high turnover and without opportunities for progression. They are therefore unattractive to those without jobs in areas like Govan and their casual and temporary character poses big economic barriers to the move from benefit to wages without loss of income. Local people do not have the contacts, the capital or the skills to set up own businesses and so the self employment and enterprise route is not available to most.
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