Date lodged: 22 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its discussions with South Lanarkshire Council regarding the provision of a one stop shop for people with autism in the East Kilbride area.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 30 June 2016
Further to the positive meetings between North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire and Scottish Autism, I am pleased to report that Scottish Government officials met with South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership on Monday 20th June. Positive discussions took place and South Lanarkshire reiterated their commitment to ensuring the needs of people with autism in Lanarkshire are met through their new and developing South Lanarkshire One Stop Shop (OSS) in Fairhill, Hamilton.
The Scottish Government made an offer of transitional support utilising Scottish Autism OSS expert staff as a practical solution to ensure service users had some continuity during the development of the service going forward. Earlier this week South Lanarkshire declined this offer and reiterated the progress they have made in working with service users over the last few weeks.