A NEW map has revealed pockets of deprivation are rife across Clydebank and North West Glasgow, with three areas in the region making the list for the top 100 deprived areas in Scotland.

Drumchapel North was ranked in the top of the most deprived areas in Scotland, while Kilbowie was in 84th place followed closely by Dalmuir in 91st place.

West Dunbartonshire was also found to have the largest increase in deprivation due to a further two areas within the region being added to list since 2012, according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) map.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for Clydebank, blamed the results on the Conservatives' "austerity programme" and said a change in council leadership would help solve the issue.

He said: "West Dunbartonshire finds itself in an unenviable position. We have seen the largest increase in deprivation since 2012 of any Scottish Local Authority area meaning that many more of my constituents find themselves in poverty.

“This comes as no surprise to me and my colleagues who have, along with the Scottish Government, been warning that the Conservatives’ austerity programme was hitting the most deprived areas hardest.

“A change in Council leadership next year will help. We need a Council Administration that is willing to recognise and address the present Labour administration’s failings rather than just highlighting the good work being done. But ultimately we need to free ourselves from the Westminster centric policies of the Westminster parties."

Drumchapel's MP Carol Monaghan added: "These figures published by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation highlights the significant long-term challenge of tackling deep-seated deprivation, poverty and inequality in Drumchapel and across Glasgow.

“Despite the Scottish Government committing over £100m to protecting people against the worst effects of the UK Government’s Welfare Reform, this will continue to be a long-term challenge so long as the powers to tackle poverty and inequality continue to reside at Westminster.

“Scotland deserves a government with the full powers to lift people out of poverty, instead of having to mitigate the damaging effects of the UK Government’s austerity agenda."

More than 20 areas in the Clydebank Post's catchment area are listed in the top 10 per cent of deprived areas in the country and more than 10 regions reach the top 5 per cent - including parts of Yoker, Knightswood and Radnor Park.

The SIMD map allows residents to enter their postcode and discover how deprived their area is based on a multitude of factors – income, employment, education, health, access to services, housing and crime.

The findings are ranked by colour – the most deprived areas are shown as red, while the least deprived areas are shown as dark blue – and a number ranging from the one, the most deprived, to 6, 976, the least deprived.

West Dunbartonshire Council said it continues to work with its partners to reduce the impact of poverty, while Glasgow City Council said the city is more prosperous than in previous years and areas which appear deprived in the map could be attributed to a number of factors, such as being in the middle of a regeneration process.