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MSP Bob Doris urges rethink on Glasgow day centre closures

SNP MSP Bob Doris urged Glasgow City Council to "shelve the plans" to close three day centres for adults with learning disabilities, on 17 January 2013.

Mr Doris said the centres provided a sense of community, fostered friendships and underpinned peer support and that the closure of these centres would see roughly 320 learning disabled people moved over to alternative day services.

He said that Glasgow had the money to retain the centres and that "this is a political choice".

The Glasgow MSP said there was evidence that many of the people affected by previous day centre closures in Glasgow were still not receiving an appropriate alternative and that a new round of closures would not bring any improvement.

Labour MSP Drew Smith said that "Glasgow does not have a fair funding settlement and has very challenging decisions to make as a consequence".

He also said he absolutely agreed that day services remained vital for those who need them and that council needed to listen carefully to service users and their families.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said he was aware of the concerns expressed by the different bodies who represent those with a learning disability and the families and their carers by the approach that had been taken by Glasgow City Council

Mr Matheson said he did have some concerns about how the council had "gone about this particular consultation exercise" and that the written consultation period had been extremely short.

He said "it has to be more than a simple paper exercise".

The minister concluded by saying "I would ask Glasgow City Council to reflect upon the concerns that are being expressed in this chamber and elsewhere before they make a final decision on the future of these facilities".

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