I am a disabled mum with two special needs children. Here is how cuts have affected me.
In 2016 our landlord sold up and I battled to keep a roof over my head. As a parent carer we had no deposit and housing allowance meant most landlords refused us despite a six year issue free tenancy & recommendation from our landlord. There was no social housing so we were forced to take the only home that would take us on. It is not really suitable for my needs but no social housing. At the age of 11 it was my son’s 5th home.
Also in 2016 I had to fight the local authority to get my oldest son into our choice of school for his needs -Autism, Anxiety & learning difficulties.
Later in 2016 my 8yr old son became suicidal, he was eventually admitted to hospital in
January 2017 and we found out that due to cuts to his school and staff losses he was one of many special needs children who had fallen through the gaps. He had gone almost 4yrs without any assessment of needs or support. I then had to battle the LA to agree to assess and then fight fo a school suitable for his complex needs while they tried to force their own schools on him. Thankfully due to legal aid I eventually won that battle a few weeks ago but cuts to legal aid for educational negligence has been removed so I have no way of justice for failures to my son.
Fighting this battle put me in hospital and almost lost my son’s their mother.
Two weeks ago the dreaded brown envelope arrived for PIP, I have been battling for my family for three years and now don’t have the strength to face this one.