CHILD ABUSE BLOW; Victim support group axe branded heartless.
Byline: JAMES MONCUR firstname.lastname@example.org
THE decision to axe an organisation who help victims of historic child abuse has been slammed as "heartless" by Labour.
The Daily Record told on Thursday how In Care Survivors Service Scotland are facing closure with the loss of a PS200,000 annual grant.
The Scottish Government have decided the services ICSSS provide to people who suffered abuse will be put out to tender. The move comes after they announced a public inquiry into abuse in children's homes - which ICSSS campaigned for - saying it would "shine light in the dark corners of the past".
Labour's Iain Gray said: "Many survivors of in-care child abuse feel unsupported by the Scottish Government and this is going to make that worse.
"Replacing ICSSS with a service which signposts survivors to services will cause anxiety that support will disappear.
"If this is about saving money, it is an unbelievably heartless measure to take."
ICSSS boss Janine Rennie has organised a meeting for all clients and abuse survivors in Glasgow to outline the ramifications of the move.
She said: "ICSSS have decided not to tender for the new broker service as we do not feel it fits with our ethos.
"We will instead try to find funding from other sources."
The meeting is scheduled to take place at 10am on Wednesday at the Renfield Centre, in Bath Street, Glasgow.
ATTACK Iain Gray