By Linda Edwards,
The Barnet Eye published a blog on Monday, concerning Your Choice Barnet. This says everything except about people with learning disabilities who are
forced to trudge the streets in all weathers, walk aimlessly up and down the
isles of Supermarkets, and made to travel to different town shopping centres
all under the guise of "being in the community". These are the silent 'losers'
who cannot speak up for themselves and won't be heard, unless we shout out for
This exchange appeared on a forum. Says it all really
Can anyone help ? If an adult has been assessed as having
critical support needs, what needs to happen for a Local Authority to change
I am hearing reports of a LA which is re assessing people from
critical to severe, because they say the family are providing support, so the
individual's needs are not critical.
Is there some new ruling that has
just come out, because the families concerned are providing the same amount of
support they always were?
From: Anon Carer
I don't have a straight answer to your question but
this is so outragous!
The categorisation of needs - i.e. critical,
severe, etc - is completely and absolutely about the
service-user/person-with-needs REGARDLESS of who then meets those needs whether
that is family, friend, neighbour or a paid service provider. I don't know
whether it is legally binding but this definition is definitely in the Community
Care Adult Service's declared policy guidelines.
Seems your LA are
attempting to downgrade needs and thereby support they are obliged to provide or
I have known our LA to argue that someone was
mis-categorised before and the person in need of support is actually more
capable of being independent than previously assessed but I have never heard of
any case where the needs remain the same but family support means someone is in
effect less disabled.
This is what happens when budgets are cut. This is how such organisations implement budget cuts by stealth.