MP PLEDGES TO FIGHT FOR AUTISM ONE STOP SHOP IN PARLIAMENT AND WRITES TO COUNCIL LEADER FOR FUNDING

29th April 2016

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, last week pledged to fight for the future of the Autism One Stop Shop based in Motherwell.

Marion made the commitment during a Westminster Parliamentary debate on Autism Awareness.

In the same week, Mrs Fellows wrote to council leader, Jim Logue, to press him to commit to funding to keep the shop open.

To date, the Autism One Stop Shop has provided comprehensive support to 320 people with autism; 945 parents; and to 323 professionals, including assistance with sleeping, dieting and learning.

The shop faces closure after South and North Lanarkshire Council declined to fund the continuation of the scheme. All other councils in which an OSS is based have agreed to provide the funding to keep them open.

Marion commented:

“Over the past few weeks, I have received a number of heartfelt emails from people in the community – and I have raised their concerns in Parliament.

“The OSS provides invaluable and comprehensive assistance to those with autism and their families through support, education and even respite.

“NLC have recommended the HOPE service as an alternative. Although the staff there do fantastic work, it only provides assistance to children; after diagnosis; and only offers support for socialising. The service also charges a fee which will limit access to low income families.

“The SNP group at NLC made provisions to secure funding for the OSS in their proposed budget, but this was rejected by the Labour council.

“Labour at NLC pledged during the budget process that they would try to “protect the services which provide support to the most vulnerable people” – this is one such service and it is therefore imperative that NLC secures funding to protect it.”

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