Sunday, 22 January 2012

Dear Mr Direct Payments Financial Assessment Authority (Copy to Social Worker)

Supportive Lion, Wilton Parish Church, Wiltshire


Dear Mr Financial Assessment Authority (Copy to Social Worker for info)

RE: FINANCIAL REASSESSMENT FOR DIRECT PAYMENTS

Thank you for appreciating the medical necessity of postponing my appointment with a member of your team to 2 February 2012 despite the requirement for this Financial Reassessment to be completed within fourteen working days of 2 June 2011.

I am confident my SocialWorker has made you aware of my circumstances, not least the delays to completion of disabled facilities and adaptations to my home. However I was distressed at your threat to withdraw the Direct Payment service I receive if I do not comply with your requirements:

" ... I have now discussed the case with your Social worker, her Team Manager and the Locality Manager for North Disabilityshire and they are all in agreement that if the Financial Assessment is not completed by the date of the proposed visit ... we will give you notice that your Direct Payment will be withdrawn ... "

It is not in my nature to be a person who avoids their oblligations, commitments or responsibilities. It is distressing to be addressed as such a person and, sternly, told of the persons who are lined up to reinforce that view of my nature.

It is the nature of my progressive disease, ill health and resulting disabilities, to interrupt, slow down and make difficult, my day to day living. Your department may as well address that sterness to those impairments and disabilities, though I doubt they will retreat, no matter how stern your wording may be.

It has always been my intention to fulfil my legal obligations first, so far as my cognitive dysfunction will allow, before I have any fun, time with friends, social inclusion, but I am ruled, indeed regulated, by the needs of my ill health and resulting disabilities, which I have no choice but to submit to.

I do not need stern letters to be persuaded of my obligations. Threatening to withdraw services and thereby making my specialised staff redundant is not helpful in my documented medical conditions.

I expect there is legislation that allows services to be withdrawn if a service user refuses to comply with the requirements of your department, but I do not expect it applies where a service user is unable, dis-abled through ill health and resulting circumstances beyond their control, to comply.

Yours truly

Sally Leo
Head of Disability Options to Say No,
North Disability Shire.

1 Comments:

Blogger Sally said...

POSTSCRIPT - COMMENT TO SELF AND READERS
I have learned that they (Social Services aka Adult and Community services) cannot withdraw services, any service, that would be against the law that protects people with disabilities. They can take legal action to recover any fees they decide to charge me, if I refuse to pay, but they cannot withdraw my Direct Payment - the budget they provide for me to employ staff for my assessed needs. The last bill they sent me was for 24p a week ! But they hadn't assessed me so I didn't pay. If they assessment as liable to make a contribution to the cost of my care, I will appeal against that assessment. Whether its 24p or £24.00. In the meantime the Team Leader is probably knashing her teeth in frustration as I have thwarted her - again, by quoting the law at her department, the law that protects me !

Friday, 9 March 2012 at 22:59:00 GMT  

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