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LIBERAL DEMOCRAT COUNCIL THREATENS DISABLED MUM AND CHILDREN
A young disabled mother is terrified she may have her children taken away now Lib Dem Richmond Council will savagely cut the amount of home help she receives.
In its bid to make savings of £600,000 in the Social Services bill Richmond Council are going to severely reduce entitlement to help in the home and limit the number of care hours to it's disabled residents.
34 year old wheelchair user and mother of two young children, one of whom has severe learning difficulties, is currently receiving cash payments to employ her own care assistants rather than receiving Council organised help. Any reduction in her support will severely threaten her independence and ability to look after her children. She says, "Although my life is challenging, often heart breaking and physically demanding, with my adorable children life is still wonderful. To have to change my lifestyle so drastically would be devastating and very unfair", she went on to say, "How can the Council be so heartless, why should I not be able to do what I want, when I want - just like them?"
It seems that, in its haste to make savings, Social Services have produced an ill-conceived policy that totally ignores needs of the disabled. Despite their various disabilities, they try and live productive and fulfilling lives and have aspirations like anyone else but because they need practical assistance to achieve these goals, the Council seems hell bent on denying them this right".
UPDATE:In addition to all the Liberal Democrat councillors happily agreeing to tighten their discriminative grip on the disabled in March, the committee chairman Cllr Anthony Barnett, declared to the press that the disabled were nothing more than "pretenders". His resignation from public duty and reversal of Lib-Dem policy is demanded by every upright and community responsible person.
Whether or not 'care capping' can be legally applied without contravining disability and human rights will be settled in court. Meanwhile our advice is play these oxymoron Lib Dem's at their own game. Refuse to accept any lowering of care and subsequent living standards. The Lib Dem Council might view you as inferior, treat you as inferior but you have the right to be equal. Every person has right to appeal and, the law clearly states "your care may NOT be removed or down scaled while you are appealing". And we all know how long appeals can be dragged out for.....????
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