Letter: Independent living

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At the beginning of the century when independent living was introduced, myself and other carers of adults with special needs attended meetings held by social services.

The changes by the Scottish government were to assist people with special needs to live independently with a package of care to suit their individual needs. This was all about improving and giving them a better quality of life.

Quite a few young people were moved out of residential care at Greenwood (Woodlands) and were settled into homes in the community.

Now social services and the authorities have to make cut backs to their budget, the same young adults are to be discriminated against, by unsettling them, and moving them to a block of flats at Millknowe.

This is not to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people, but looks solely to cut running costs, is this not against the wishes of the government acts?

Margaret Laing,