Here’s a question. How is it that a father of a severely disabled child – a father who sees therapists traipse in and out of his house, who changes his son’s diaper even after he is a toddler, who knows his son will never achieve the same basic level of functioning life skills as other children – how can that father allow the country he is in charge of to cast aside children like his own son?
But, that is exactly what David Cameron, the Prime Minister of Britain has done. By not ring-fencing community funds for the disabled, he has allowed councils to shave off the funding for the most vulnerable children in society.
What kind of financial sense does it make to remove the people and equipment who will allow children like May to learn the skills to become independent?
No, David Cameron – you are right – much better to allow them to grow completely dependent on the State for the rest of their lives. That will be real cheap.
Jess Moxham, a parent familiar to the comment section on Mama Lewis, wrote a superb piece in The Guardian this week on this very issue. Her son, Sam, attends Small Steps School like May did.
Small Steps are still desperately looking for a new space to house the school as Wandsworth council are evicting them – and all the children who benefit from the service – in December. There is no other charity supporting families like our in the whole of London. I know a family that drives two-hours there and back to give their son the benefit of the team’s expertise.
Congratulations David Cameron. All hail the Big Society.