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Glasgow City Council has called the meeting to discuss day services in Mitchell Theatre at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 21st August. Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council has turned down a request that as political head of the council he addresses this event. Day centre users and carers affected by the Labour Group decision to close 3 day centres in Glasgow are appalled that the council leader has such scant regard for the learning disability community in the city and his refusal to meet with the families once again confirms that vulnerable adults are low value citizens on Councillor Matheson's priority list.
Please make sure that all day centre families attend this meeting.
The campaign is asking supporters to be at the Mitchell Theatre from 6.00 pm with our T-shirts, banner and placards to demonstrate opposition to the day centre closures and the PSP farce.
Unlike previous events organised by the families campaigning against the day centre closures Glasgow's elected members have not been made aware of this meeting or invited to attend as observers.
In an interesting new development Glasgow Carers have put forward a proposal for a 2 year moratorium on day centre closures.
Since November 2012 the consultation methods applied to the closure of the three day centres has created a hostile relationship between the 520 families who depend on day centres and Glasgow City Council. For the past 7 months day centre families have unanimously & strongly opposed the Council's closure plans. The response from elected members is to carry on regardless with little attention being paid to the concerns of elderly carers, ethnic minority service users or those who care for a profoundly disabled family member. In particular, many elderly carers are reaching crisis point the closer we come to actual closure dates. Families that include a profoundly disabled day centre user fear the return to a regime that removes their loved one from the community environment they currently experience in day centre settings and places them in a situation that can only be described as social segregation. This is a briefing paper that sets out the reasons for the reasonable request from day centre carers for a 2 year moratorium on the current closure plans