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Breaks no longer funded for parents with autistic son

Connor Ferguson with his Mum Theresa, Connor has severe autism and has had his benefits removed.

Connor Ferguson with his Mum Theresa, Connor has severe autism and has had his benefits removed.

 

The parents of a severely autistic boy from Northampton will no longer be given paid respite after council funding was removed.

Connor Ferguson, aged 10, has been funded by Northamptoshire County Council to have a carer six hours per week, giving his mum, Theresa, respite from her 24/7 care.

At school he needs constant one-to-one support but a new assessment has seen the county council decide he was no longer eligible for support.

Mrs Ferguson, of Clare Street, The Mounts, said: “Nothing has changed in Connor’s condition. If anything. it’s got worse.

“They’re suggesting I send him to an autism club. I don’t mind spending the money, it’s only £10, but I’m lucky if I can book him in for an hour a month.

“If family members don’t get proper respite, the quality of care they give goes down and they also become ill themselves.

“The upshot of this is that it breaks up families.”

Connor was initially reassessed in November 2012, when the county council decided Connor no longer met the criteria for specialist social care, called direct payments.

However the funding was as a short-term measure until October 2013 and a more recent assessment confirmed he would not receive any more support.

A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “Connor was reassessed last month and again it was found that he was no longer eligible for the type of social care support he had been receiving.

“Instead, it was identified that his social inclusion needs would be well met by attending a breakfast club and Saturday clubs as this would give him opportunities to take part in positive activities with his peers. We also offered support to Mrs Ferguson through the sitting service as an extra measure.”

 

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