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Date: Fri 7 December 2012

Calling notice: 10 Dec - News Conference on major cuts to Glasgow learning disability day services 

1pm, 10 December 2012
UNISON City of Glasgow branch offices
84 Bell Street, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LQ

Carers and services users will warn of the “bleak future” facing the learning disability community in Glasgow.

Along with trade unions and campaigners, they will speak about Glasgow city council plans to close three centres for people with learning disabilities. These closures will result in 320 people out of 500 losing their current service.

You are invited to attend at 1pm in the UNISON City of Glasgow branch offices at 84 Bell Street, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LQ.

Carers, service users, campaigners and union representatives will be available for interview.

Photographers are also invited and may take pictures of the start of the campaigning meeting at 1.30pm of a network coming together to defend the services. Groups involved include Learning Disability Alliance Scotland, Carers Coalition, various carers groups from all around the city and trade unions.

For information please contact:
Brian Smith, Branch Secretary, Glasgow City UNISON, 0141 552 7069
Sam Macartney, Convener for day care services within social work, Glasgow City UNISON, 07803 952264
Malcolm Burns, Communications Officer, UNISON Scotland, 0141 342 2877 or 07876 566978
Fiona Montgomery, Communications Officer, UNISON Scotland, 0141 342 2877 or 07508 877 000 

Note for editors

Glasgow city council is consulting on shutting three day centres that accommodate about 130 people each on weekdays. Around 136 jobs are also under threat.

The meeting at 1.30pm is called by the Defend Glasgow Services Personalisation Network - a network of carers, service users, campaigners and trade unions planning to defend these key services.

Our November 13 news release on the proposals is at http://unison-scotland.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/sam-mccartney-glasgow-unison-on-council.html

 

 

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