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Parents protest to protect Grange respite care for disabled children

by Sarah Ensor
Issue No. 2381

Trade unionists and parents campaigning to save Salford’s Grange respite centre were set to protest outside a council meeting as Socialist Worker went to press.

The centre is for young people with autism and learning disabilities.

Mayor Ian Stewart claimed last week that parents are happy about his decision to send young people to the Granville adult respite centre. 

The final plan appears to be that there will be two rooms for young people on a different floor from adults in the Granville centre.

But parent Margaret Tunnacliffe pointed out that it will be impossible for the children to go downstairs or outside without mixing with adults. And the only bath with a hoist is downstairs. 

“We’ve got no respite now,” she said. “My son Nathan can’t cope with big change and won’t like adults speaking to him. They have no idea what they’re doing—something will go badly wrong.”

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Tue 26 Nov 2013, 17:39 GMT
Issue No. 2381
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