Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Disabled children 'should be put down to save money,' says councillor

A Cornwall councillor who said disabled children "should be put down" to save taxpayers' money has apologised, but refused to resign.

Collin Brewer, an independent councillor, said his remarks were designed to "provoke a debate". He made the comments to a Disability Cornwall member in 2011.

The charity complained and the council's standards committee reported its findings.

Mr Brewer said he was concerned about the burden of caring for Cornish disabled people out of the county – and that it would be more cost-effective to care for them in Cornwall.

"It was a flippant remark I shouldn't have made," he said.

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