Category Archives: learning difficulties

Funding for care not reduced

By nick horner news reporter

FUNDING for respite care “will not be reduced”, allaying concerns of a support group for disabled children in Walsall which feared carers being pushed to breaking point.

Walsall Council has said despite grant cuts from central government of 12.9 per cent next year, funding for short breaks has not been affected.

Family Voice Walsall had raised concerns that any cuts to respite provision by the authority could give carers the stark choice between the constant stress of caring for their child full time or putting them in full-time residential care.

Don’t cut Care

On 1st March at 10.30am West Sussex County Council Adults’ Services Select Committee will be meeting to discuss, amongst other things, changes to the eligibility criteria for social care.
People with learning difficulties speak out.


Carers desperate that respite could be taken away

Carers desperate that respite could be taken away

By nadia stone

DESPERATE carers who look after disabled children are devastated their only respite could be cruelly snatched away.

Tanya Cook cares for her 16-year-old son Jack who has a condition called tuberous sclerosis.

This means he has tumours in his brain, heart, eyes, and kidneys, as well as uncontrolled epilepsy and autism.

She has to help dress, shower and toilet him, as well as checking on him throughout the night because he frequently has seizures.

Herself unwell, the Quedgeley mum is “so exhausted” that she relies on The Meadows, in Dudbridge, Stroud, a home where Jack stays one night a week, to give her one night of rest each week.