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Possible legal challenge to Dundee day centre closure

Category: Scotland

Published: 20th Jul 2012 17:27:37

A group of carers concerned about the closure a Dundee day centre are considering legal action on the issue.

The Kemback Street Day Centre, which provides support for people with disabilities, was approved for closure by the city's council in March.

Some parents and carers said there was no proper consultation before the decision was taken.

The local authority said people would continue to receive the support they needed.

We just feel that people with learning disabilities are being targeted for cuts”

George Stewart, whose son David has been using the Kemback Centre since it opened 27 years ago, claimed a consultation carried out by the council in 2011 did not mention closure as an option.

He said: "One of things we've looked at is a legal challenge to the process due to the lack of consultation.

"Another was to lodge a formal complaint with the local authority ombudsman, because we feel the report was misleading."

"We just feel that people with learning disabilities are being targeted for cuts."

A Dundee City Council spokesman said: "We are speaking directly to service users, their families and carers to assess the most appropriate form of support in keeping with what they need.

"This includes the continued option of day care. Any agreement about future support will take full account of the specific needs of each person and their current circumstances."

He added: "We will have a clearer picture of the number of people whose assessed need is ongoing day care once we have completed one-to-one meetings with service users and their families towards the end of August."

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