Lee's story — the state of social care in Great Britain
8 November 2016
As part of our social care campaign, we've spoken to disabled people across the UK about their experiences with social care. This is Lee's story.
by Lee Eidson
I have complex learning difficulties. The social care which has enabled me to get out of the house and enjoy various activities for many years — as well as attend college — has recently been cut from five days to just three.
My behaviour could deteriorate if I don’t get the support I need and I am really worried I won’t be able to pursue my big passion — acting.
I really love going to the local centre and seeing my friends. My social life is really important to me and having my care package cut means I will have to stay at home a lot, making me feel really down and pent up.
No way to appeal decisions
With the help of my mum and dad, I’ve argued with the local authority about the decision, but there isn’t an independent appeals process, so there’s very little we can do about it.
This makes me feel angry. It’s unfair we don’t have the right to give our point of view or correct the things they’ve got wrong about what I can and can’t do when they made their decision.
My parents can’t afford to pay the cost of my support and we all feel like we’re in an impossible situation. It puts a lot of pressure on us as a family.
With the cuts to my support, I’m worried I won’t get to see my friends as much, which makes me feel frustrated and lonely.
With the right support I could live a much happier life and learn more things. I’d be better behaved and feel calmer.
I would also have friends and have the opportunity to speak to adults that I feel I can confide in. I would be really sad if I couldn’t see my girlfriend as much.
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