Ross says ongoing dispute is worrying for families of autistic children
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MORAY’S MP says he’s disappointed that no agreement has yet been reached to ensure that autism services in Moray continue.
Scottish Autism has stated it is moving out of the region due to a stand-off with Moray Council about payments for its staff.
Two meetings have been held this week – on Monday and on Wednesday – between the Alloa-based charity and the local authority but no agreement has yet been reached.
Commenting on the situation, MP Douglas Ross said: "After the talks that the two parties held on Monday, it was unfortunate that no deal was agreed at yesterday’s meeting, but I am encouraged that Scottish Autism and Moray Council have agreed to continue talks and will meet again next Friday.
"However this further delay in reaching a decision adds to the concern and anxiety this is causing to the families of the service users.
"It is of paramount importance that a positive decision is reached at next Friday’s meeting and I urge those involved to put the needs of the people who depend on Moray’s autism service at the heart of their decision making."
Scottish Autism has said it cannot afford to run its services in Moray because the council will not help pay its staff the proposed Scottish Living Wage of £8.75.
The charity has been working in Moray since 2012. It currently provides residential services for three children and one young adult at its various sites in Lossiemouth, including properties in Margaret’s Crescent and Coulardhill.
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