Murdo Fraser MSP has expressed his sadness that the charity who ran a Perth school for vulnerable children and young people have appointed a liquidator.
The Scottish Conservative politician was reacting to the announcement that Balnacraig School, which is located in Fairmount Terrace, Perth, has sought liquidation.
The charity, which has operated in the city since 1843, said that a lack of referrals had led to a decision to stop care services in December.
Commenting, Mr Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, said: “I must express my sadness on hearing this announcement about Balnacraig School. I had the pleasure of visiting the school a few years ago to see for myself the excellent work that it did. It provided vital care for children and young people who were not able to cope with mainstream education because of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
“The service provided by residential schools such as Balnacraig cannot be overstated and it will be a great loss to many children and their parents. Even latterly, it offered 52-week placements for young vulnerable people in houses in Perth, as well as Blairgowrie and Errol.
“I will be looking for confirmation that staff will be supported following this decision, along with young people who require ongoing care.”
“Mr Fraser continued: “I understand that the charity who run Balnacraig had been trying to sell the buildings in Fairmount Terrace but due to this falling through, they felt that they have been left with no choice but to seek liquidation. It is desperately sad.”