The number of people reading this blog has suddenly shot up - no doubt due to the publicity around Riven Vincent whose disabled child is being denied help by her local council because the government has cut the councils budget, so I feel obliged to comment.
I don't know all the details but I recognize the situation. We had similar battles with our local authority and it wasn't until our son was 18/20 years old that we got anything like an adequate service - and that after years of fighting and distress. Not everyone has the support we did and I feel for the family. I often feel guilty that we got a service when I knew others weren't - that's partly why I do this blog. We have to make it better for everyone. Riven should not be put in this position, now she's in it she must be helped out with a better service, and the government and councils must be made to provide these services for all who need them. We need all of you to help - there are lots of Rivens out there who haven't been pushed quite as far, and a significant number who've been pushed further. Mr. Cameron talking directly to her isn't a service, it's a PR job - she deserves a service. The cuts are making this worse and he's presiding over them.
On a side issue, we also had to deal with the press when our son was little - not on quite this scale. It wasn't a fun experience, we didn't want it, it got in the way, they told lies (not nasty ones, they just made things up), it didn't get us a better service and I see the press now as very much a last resort. Publicity like this may help this 'cause' in the long run but I hope it doesn't hurt the family as much as it did us - it isn't an option I'd choose and I suspect it isn't one they chose.