Parents of woman with cerebral palsy hit out at council over care support eligibility

Parents of woman with cerebral palsy hit out at council over care support eligibility

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Lucy Golding

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Parents of  woman with cerebral palsy hit out at council over care support eligibility

The parents of a young woman with cerebral palsy told she is no longer eligible for adult care support say the Royal Borough has 'failed to consider her independence.'


Emma Scrivens from Maidenhead had to stop receiving two 15-minute home visits a day because the Royal Borough said she was no longer eligible for a subsidy to help pay for the service.

The 33-year-old's parents, Michael and Ann, from Cadwell Drive, say they are now permanently worried about her safety.

She lives alone in assisted living accommodation Lady Elizabeth House in Boyn Hill Avenue and requires help getting dressed and carrying out household chores.

The care was stopped following an annual assessment in April where she was told she no longer qualifies.

The family says the subsidised service cost Emma about £70 a week and she was given no clear reason why the council decided to stop the support.

Her condition, which primarily affects her mobility, hasn't changed since she began receiving the help nine years ago.

She does not work and must now pay for care from a private provider using her benefits payments. Emma can only afford four visits a week.

"It has taken away her independence," said Michael.

"We do go round a couple of times a week but it is more the fact that if someone checks on her in the morning we know she is okay.

"She does have an alarm system but if she has knocked herself out she won't be able to use that."

He added: "Across the board the borough is making various cutbacks without taking into account the independence side of it."

Michael has written a letter to the council voicing his concerns after being informed that Emma is unable appeal against the decision.

Cabinet member for adult services Cllr David Coppinger (Con, Bray) said the borough will not comment on individual cases.

He added: "We have made no cuts."

"All residents receiving services from us are subject for regular assessment.

"That assessment might increase the level of service, it might stay the same, it might reduce."

Maidenhead-based Paralympian Sophie Christiansen, who also has cerebral palsy, took to Twitter in 2013 to call for the Royal Borough to increase financial support for the disabled.

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