Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

'Disappointment' at removal of scheme for children with additional support needs


Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has expressed his extreme disappointment at the removal of a summer activity scheme for children with additional support needs by the SNP/ Labour run Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP had been contacted by concerned parents about the decision taken by the council not to run the scheme during the 2019 summer holiday period.

The scheme had proved popular as it allowed youngsters to take part in activities that suited their needs and led them to feeling included rather than isolated.

Mr Carson says it is the latest educational cut without consideration by the Labour/SNP administration in charge of Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “We must always look at ways of reducing anxiety for children with additional support needs in the best way possible.

“The Summer Activity Schemes had been a great way of making the children feel inclusive.  

“Mums said this scheme assisted in making their youngsters feel able to take part in the activities they wanted to, leading to less tension.

“This cut has been made without due consideration and is the latest example of ill thought out and short-sighted cuts to educational services by the SNP/Labour administration running Dumfries and Galloway Council and parents could be forgiven for thinking where will they end.

“It is extremely disappointing that the scheme will not be running this year, which will put an extra burden on parents over the summer holidays, as well as making many of our vulnerable youngsters feeling more isolated.

“I would urge the Council administration to look at alternatives, in order to support our youngsters with additional needs, especially through the summer holidays.”