Ramsey concerned about plans for language unit closure

SDLP Foyle MLA and Chair of the All-Party Group on Learning Disability at Stormont, Pat Ramsey, has expressed anger and concern at news that the Woodlands Language Unit at Belmont House has been earmarked for closure, and had tabled an Urgent Oral Question this morning to bring the Minister to the Assembly to give an explanation for the closure

Mr Ramsey said: “I am very concerned that parents of children who avail of the service were informed of the proposed closure only yesterday in writing, which has caused anxiety for the future of what is a vital service for their children.

“I have tabled an Urgent Oral request in the Assembly this morning which will, if accepted, require the Minister to come to the House and explain the rationale for the proposed closure.

“I share the anger of the local community that the move has been communicated in such a way, and that no consultation was brought forward with parents prior to the letter issued yesterday. We cannot afford to lose this unit and I intend to question the Minister and the Department further on this.”