Citizen Editor: Long hard slog ahead to address poverty issues
THIS time last year, The Citizen reported that four areas in Gloucester – Matson, Kingsholm, Podsmead and the city centre – were among the country's most deprived.
And now, it seems, the situation is little better.
Almost one in five of the city's children – 19 per cent – are living in poverty.
It's an unpleasant statistic but perhaps not one we should be surprised by after so many years now of austerity throughout the UK.
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So what's going to change? It is, as it must be, an absolute priority to secure a future to look forward to for the next generation.
But it is a long, hard slog and will take many more years yet.
ANOTHER sad day for the High Street arrived yesterday.
HMV's problems have been well documented in the past few weeks but we believed Gloucester's store, in King's Walk, would be safe.
It will join its neighbour Jessops in lying empty at some point in the next six weeks and our thoughts go out to all the dedicated staff who, through no fault of their own, will find themselves out of work.
It will leave King's Walk with another big hole to fill but we most hope, with grand plans for the King's Quarter regeneration moving on, that quality names will soon be heading to Gloucester to fill the void.
COUPLES struggling to have children could soon be thrown a lifeline thanks to proposed changes in IVF guidelines.
Opening up the possibility of parenthood to those otherwise unable must be welcomed, but it poses the question of whether IVF treatment will become just another postcode lottery.