Sorry friends, still fighting, so far the excuse is that they are using a new assessment tool called a resource allocation system (RAS), which social services say whatever that tool generates they can cut services by more than half. The previous service my daughter had was £2,305.04 per week, it is now by this new tool £972.00 per week. A big cut per week, which is only offering a few hours per week because she needs 2:1 support.
My daughter, has autism, only her autism gives her challenging behaviour, the last 2 services she had since leaving school have turned out to be businesses not services. They have made themselves rich and left my daughter in a reclusive state. The last services also found it difficult to employ staff on the cheap to care and support my daughter, so they caged her in a minibus for 8 hours a day in a supermarket car park, with £35.00 per week to spend on a sandwich, drink and yogurt, she started to refuse to leave the house, so I got rid of them. I have found a decent service with autism credability, however social services want them to cut from a 2:1 support to a 1:1.
I have a letter from the Waltham Forest Adult respite unit stating that they could not suitably nor safely meet my daughter's respite care needs. So now I have two lovely solicitors from the disability law service, advocate for my daughter, advocate for myself and a good friend with autism knowledge who is helping me fight this battle.
No barrister yet, but it is looking like a long fight ahead, will keep you all posted.