The Govanhill area was branded a ‘Victorian slum’ by director of the documentary Paul Sng.
Slum housing in Nicola Sturgeon’s own back yard features in a new hard-hitting documentary.
Film-maker Paul Sng’s Dispossession: The Great Housing Swindle examines the neglect of social housing in Britain since Margaret Thatcher’s right-to-buy policy.
It premiered in London less than a week before the horror fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, which Sng has described as “corporate manslaughter”.
At the centre of the film is Govanhill, in the heart of the First Minister’s Glasgow Southside constituency.
Director Sng, who also visited housing estates in London and Nottingham, compared Govanhill to a Victorian slum.
He said: “The main issue seems to be overcrowding.
Research shows Govanhill should have a population of 6000 or 7000 but it’s estimated to be around 14,000.
“We were told of a two-bedroom apartment having 15 people living in it – and that’s probably the tip of the iceberg.
“There’s also an issue with crime. We were told of people being robbed and sexual assaults going on.
“One woman we interviewed told of a young girl, aged four or five, found wandering the streets looking for food in the bins. There was really bad sanitation and rubbish everywhere.
“We saw someone from a top-floor flat drop a bin bag of rubbish on to the street below.
“It’s not something you would expect to see in 2017 in the UK, which has the sixth-largest economy in the world. It’s almost like a Victorian slum in some respects.”