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Glasgow is ‘falling apart’ as city’s condition risks jeopardising investment, SNP ministers have warned

Glasgow is ‘falling apart’ as city’s condition risks jeopardising investment, SNP ministers have warned

Parts of Glasgow are “falling apart” and risk jeopardising investment in the city, SNP ministers have warned.

A report by accounting giant EY said the “visible deterioration” of city centres could undermine Scotland’s position as the best place in the UK for foreign investment outside London.




It comes as a Glasgow MSP launched a campaign this week with the GMB union calling for the city council to hire more workers for designated cleaning routes.

Labour’s Paul Sweeney warned that a decade of local authority budget cuts meant essential road and footpath maintenance was now only carried out when residents repeatedly complained.

Scotland is the top country or region outside London for foreign investment, with 142 foreign-backed projects starting last year — a 12% increase.

But Ally Scott, managing partner at EY Scotland, warned that conditions in city centres were putting people off.

“We continue to hear frustrations from customers and the market that Scotland’s tighter economic policies, including the latest income tax rises, and issues around the quality of the city and infrastructure, are cause for concern,” he told The Times.

“We continue to hear frustrations from customers and the market that Scotland’s tighter economic policies and issues around the quality of the city and infrastructure are cause for concern.