Scottish disability charity hits out at Edinburgh Council

A Scottish charity forced to close over lack of funding has accused Edinburgh City Council and the Scottish Executive of prioritising the city's Hogmanay celebrations over housing advice services for the disabled.

The Disabled Persons Housing Service will close at the end of this year after failing to secure additional grant funding.

"While the council and the Scottish Executive battle it out over whether £400,000 of public funds is used to underwrite Edinburgh's Hogmanay party, £250,000 could not be found to retain the services of the Disabled Persons Housing Service,

said Wladyslaw Mejka, director at the charity.

A spokesperson from the Scottish Executive hit back at the accusations, saying that its Housing Grants Scheme was intended to assist national rather than local bodies with funding.

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