Campaigners plan meeting over future of disability unit

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Campaigners protesting against proposals to privatise Sheffield Council’s learning disabilities service are holding a public meeting to discuss the plans tomorrow.

Carers and families of service users will be meeting at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane, from 2.30pm.

The council is considering hiring a private firm to run the learning disabilities department – with trade union Unison claiming it will be ‘auctioned off to the cheapest bidder’.

Last year an audit forecast the service was overspending its £35 million budget by as much as £7 million.

Sue Highton, Unison’s Sheffield Community Health branch secretary, said: “We have asked if leading councillors can attend this meeting and listen to the concerns of families and carers, and obtain their views about the proposals.”