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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.
On 31 July 2013 the High Court issued its judgement on ten claims involving disabled people who, it was argued, faced discrimination under the bedroom tax because of the amount of space and the number of rooms they realistically needed.
The Court accepted that the bedroom tax in relation to adults was discriminatory, but that this was objectively and reasonably justified and therefore lawful because discretionary payments are available to cover HB losses as a result of the bedroom tax.
Richard Stein, of law firm Leigh Day which is representing some of the families, has announced that they, along with the other lawyers acting on behalf of adults with disabilities, will appeal the judgement.
Lawyers for adults with disabilities today confirmed that they intend to appeal the ruling, arguing that the discriminatory impact of the measure on people with disabilities cannot be justified and is unlawful.
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