Christina McKelvie MSP and Angela Crawley MP have today welcomed the decision from the Labour party to U-turn on the cuts to both the Coalyard and to the School transport provision.
The embarrassing climb-down comes after huge pressure from the SNP and individuals across South Lanarkshire who were outraged at both of the ill thought out and self-defeating proposals.
However, both the local Members of Parliament questioned the Labour Party’s handling of the proposed cuts and have urged the Labour group to apologise for the unnecessary stress vulnerable service users have had to endure as a result
Christina McKelvie MSP said:
“Whilst it is welcome that the Labour party have U-turned, serious questions have to be answered over their handling of the whole affair.
“Since the Council announced the planned closure of the Coalyard, hundreds of concerned, angry and upset constituents have contacted both of our offices.
“The Coalyard project provides a vital stepping stone for young adults with learning disabilities in the community, teaching them social and practical skills in preparation for employment and independent living.
“Without that support, service users would miss out on a huge opportunity.
“For the Labour group to put vulnerable adults with learning difficulties through the anxiety and stress of not knowing where their futures lay is reprehensible.
“Those that benefit from the service the Coalyard provides will be relieved that their future is safe, but the Council must apologise for the unnecessary anxiety they caused.
Angela Crawley MP said:
“This is a victory for people power.
“From the outset the Council where determined that they were not for turning.
“So let us be clear - if it wasn’t for determined activists across the length and breadth of South Lanarkshire, the Labour Party would have pushed these daft proposals through.
“But because of our collective action, we can now breathe a sigh of relief; safe in the knowledge that our school pupils won’t be forced to make dangerous 3 mile treks every day and the future of the service users at the Coalyard will be protected.
“Well done to everyone who showed the Council how wrong they are - we won."