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Disabled man’s mum to fight on in cuts battle

Another carer having to fight for her rights on top of her caring role!

Disabled man’s mum to fight on in cuts battle

7:00am Friday 10th June 2011

THE mother of a severely disabled Bournemouth man, who was told his care is being cut 70 per cent, will fight the decision with legal specialists.

Lorraine Zavadil will be using the same solicitors who won a test case at the high court against Birmingham Council.

She told Tuesday night’s full council meeting: “Is it not reasonable to expect a resolution that would not take this council into a protracted legal battle?”

Carers of children with disabilities need respite

Carers of children with disabilities need respite

Closing short breaks units will pile even more pressure on the already stressed parents of disabled children

Child in wheelchair with carer
Families with disabled children are feeling the impact of cuts. Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian

This month, Lancashire county council will start to consult parents of children with disabilities about plans to close some of the county’s short breaks units (once called respite). The units give parents much-needed breaks from caring, and children a chance to socialise.

The plans to close units could impact on families such as Colin and Jennifer Dalley’s. They have three daughters with learning disabilities and behavioural problems, all needing supervision and support. The youngest, Kirsty, 11, needs constant care and monitoring, because she has severe epilepsy. She has an adapted bed and bathroom.