Families and Carers Raise Disability Issues to Deaf Ears
Brent Council found itself faced with the combined voices of the workers and families of Carlyon Print, a supported workshop for disabled people. A meeting was called this evening to air opinion on the likely closure of Carlyon Print to be decided by committee next Monday the 12th. of March.
Views of a Ex-Labour Party Councilor who is a close friend of one of the workers laid bare the implications of the closure of the centre. Leaving Brent's 'Representative/Spokesperson' silent for a few moment's before beginning a lengthy vocal lecture that lead nowhere. This theme was repeated throughout the meeting, with various family member's questions and opinions being stonewalled.
The Rhetoric becoming tiresome, some vented anger at the council, on the eve of 'people' on benefits need to make "an even greater effort" to get a job, Prime Minister Tony Blair said as he unveiled a report on welfare reforms yesterday. The council appears unconcerned that its about to put nearly thirty disabled back on a life of benefit claims.
When asked by a employee's sister if the views of this meeting would be made public to the committee on Monday in writing, the council's representative mealy stated that she would bring it up verbally, leading the meeting's attendees to silently wonder if their views would be presented as a statement of fact to be taking into consideration by the committee.
Brent Council had previously resisted attempts to allow this meeting to be held, however they found they had a legal requirement to grant one, a multi union lead picket is taking place outside the town-hall on Monday evening before the 7 p.m. start of the committee meeting to protest against the council on several social and community care issues including Carlyon's cause.
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