Perth Autism Support suspends services

Perth Autism Support has suspended their services due to funding, in a letter stated by the charity.
Credit: PAS / Facebook – One of PAS funding raising achievements.

Perth Autism Support has suspended their services due to funding, in a letter stated by the charity.

Perthshire North MP, John Swinney has confirmed his support and asked Perth and Kinross Council to intervene.

In a statement, MP John Swinney said: “I value enormously the services provided by Perth Autism Support and I am very concerned by the current situation. I have been in touch with Perth and Kinross Council to begin the work to see what can be done to ensure the continuation of these services. I will work with PAS to ensure services can be delivered to the young people and their families who depend upon them.”

Perth and Kinross Council have confirmed they are working with NHS Tayside to find a solution to the funding crisis.

A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council said: “Yesterday afternoon, Perth and Kinross Council learned that Perth Autism Support had taken the decision to suspend services to young people and families.

“Perth and Kinross Council will work with NHS Tayside to determine what support may be appropriate to provide to Perth Autism Support in the current circumstances.”

The article picture is from a past funding raising event by PAS. SNP MP for Perth and North Perthshire Pete Wishart is no stranger for supporting local charities and has pledged his support following the news.

Pete Wishart, Perth and North Perthshire MP, said: “Perth Autism Support offers critical support to up to 650 families throughout Perth and Kinross with the day to day issues of dealing with family members with autism.

“It is a valuable service that offers support to families and it is vital that this service continues to operate.

“It is approaching disastrous that it has had to suspend its service due to lack of core funding and I have been speaking to both the council and Scottish Government to try and find a solution.”

A funding page has been setup by Gemma Mills, you can donate by clicking here.

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