Changes to disabled services in Edinburgh

East Lothian Council have announced plans to charge people with learning difficulties for their use of day centre facilities.

The proposal will see those affected charged £2 per three hour session, with additional costs for transport to destinations outside of their services. These centres are located in Musselburgh, Port Seton and Haddington.

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership say the move is due to budget cuts.

Service users and their carers were informed of the decision before the announcement was made public today. No other facilities in Edinburgh currently ask users to pay for these services.

A spokeswoman for Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership (ELHSCP) confirmed there had been talks on the issue in the past but until now, no decision had been made.

Councillor Fiona O’Donnell told the Edinburgh Evening News:

“The continuing pressure on public funding in Scotland and in the UK means that our resources become more and more stretched every year. At the same time, we have a rapidly growing population of people who need social care support. This means doing things differently so that we can meet people’s needs cost-effectively. We do not have the option of doing nothing – managing our resources extremely carefully is the only way that we will be able to continue supporting the growing number of service users and carers in the longer term.”

The ELHSCP say the proposed charges are a result of having to make significant budget savings of around 3 million within the next 3 years.

Police appeal for witnesses after cars vandalised

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after two vehicles were seen being vandalised in Dunbar, East Lothian.

The incident is believed to have taken place around 8.30pm ,Tuesday 13th March on Belhaven Road.

Belhaven Road, East Lothian Image Credit: Mark Anderson

 

The suspect is possibly in possession of a knife which was used to slash the tyres of a Volkswagen Up and Vauxhall Corsa.

The man has been described as white, 5ft 8ins tall with a slim build and wearing a grey hooded top and tracksuit bottoms.

The police are asking anyone with information to come forward and assist with ongoing inquiries into the incident.

Constable Chris Hutchison from Haddington Police Station said:

“These have been mindless acts of vandalism that will leave the vehicle owners out of pocket.

“Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in Belhaven Road on Tuesday evening, or who can help us identify the male responsible is urged to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Haddington Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 3787 of the 13th March.


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