The last few weeks have seen a deluge of articles about Clydebank residents in newspapers.

Not for us the accolades of superstardom and wealth, not the award of a Nobel Peace Prize.

No, delightfully we have risen to the heady heights of having the second highest child poverty in Scotland.

Well at times like these our local authority will support families in need - wrong.

Once again the vulnerable have been the first to feel the pinch.

The cancelling of free school meals for primary one to three and free school milk (hold on was that not a Thatcher policy?) not only has financial implications for today, but it is known that the provision of such services supports better health in adulthood.

Also, ensuring children have a decent lunch supports their concentration and therefore educational attainment.

But the cuts, the cuts they moan, "We are all in this together". We may all be in it together, but for those on higher income not only is it easier for them to jump in their car down to Dumbarton to register the death of their loved one, but they are making money by buying up the property of those on lower income at a cut price rate.

Add to this the increase in the cost of services and it is estimated that families will be nearly £3,000 a year worse off by 2013.

Families, of course, have additional payments, such as childcare, which costs more in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK and is one of the highest in the developed world.

Add to this the removal of the mobile crèche facility in West Dunbartonshire and we have a recipe for disaster.

It wasn't bad enough that they "forgot" to put a crèche in Clydebank College, but now there is no statutory provision for short-term learning opportunities in West Dunbartonshire, and continuous learning opportunities are essential if we are to keep people developing skills in times of high unemployment.

Women will be particularly hit by these cuts.

Nine out of 10 lone parents are women, but those who will be affected most are children, especially those that are most vulnerable.

On March 26 there is a demonstration taking place in London.

It is hoped they will get one million people marching in the streets, details of transport will be in Clydebank Post.

We also need an outlet for frustration in Scotland.

Women still carry the weight of care and it is not so easy for them to up sticks and leave for the day, yet it is women who will be most affected by cuts made both nationally and locally.

Meanwhile organisations like the Independent Resource Centre are left to support those most affected.

A recent article in The Herald highlighted the fantastic work done by the organisation and the fact that one person in Clydebank they were supporting died whilst awaiting an appeal for their sickness benefits.

Whilst the Con-Dem Government gives companies the biggest tax cuts in history.

The humanity of it all.

It is no wonder 60 people leave the UK every day for Australia.

At this rate there will be no-one left to pick up the pension. That should keep them happy.