I am the carer for someone with Autism- Jon.
Legally, I am not yet allowed to go into details, but we needed legal representation and I did a Google search and found the Disability Law Service in London.
We were led to believe that they would help us and initially we were so happy. Jon’s panic attacks started abating and his chronic depression which he gets every morning also started improving.
A few months went by and we never heard anything more, so I contacted SR and got a very snotty reply that he has not agreed to take on our case- despite clearly leading us to believe otherwise.
I am now in a panic having to try to find alternative legal arrangements. Jon traumatised and he has started self-harming for which he has been having therapy and he is suicidal again. But Stephen Robson does not care.
S R, is aware of Jon’s condition and he has not even offered an explanation or an apology as to why he has refused to help us.
Very, very hurt and disappointed by his conduct and more people need to be aware of this so they don’t get false hopes up like we did.
Best wishes to all and stay strong!
Welcome to the forum, Mike. Sorry to hear about your disappointing experience with the Disability Law Service. I see it’s a few weeks since you posted and am wondering if you got any help? If not, maybe Citizen’s Advice, if you have an office in your area, could help?
I was told by various people to contact them, absolutely useless for us too.
There is a desperate need for better legal support to fight Social Services not doing their jobs properly.
I’ve even tried Luke Clements organisation, not interested either.
We have tried so many companies and are now going the Legal Aid route.
We have tried MIND and they referred us to the MIND Legal department…they gave us a couple of leads.
We have a few more possibilities to try but the Legal Aid route looks promising as they asked all about Jon’s disabilities and seemed interested in how it all effects him daily.
Sorry to hear that, Bowlingbun. We provided the Disability Law Service with Jon’s official Autism Diagnosis, follow up reports, notes from his Therapist and reports about his self-harming and still the DLS did not agree to take on his case for the tribunal!
All the best to you and good luck
Stephen Robson of the Disability Law Service 020 7791 9800 was such a disappointment for us- we just want to warn others.
In Hampshire, there are a number of issues that really ought to be part of a group action.
The LA refuse to allow direct payments to be used to pay parents, against the Care Act Regulations, which specifically say it can be used “including friends and family”. During lockdown some parents have been caring 168 hours a week, and are being asked to send back unused DP’s!
Hi Mike,I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble but you are not alone in this matter, as many of us carers are having the same problem as you.
Give carers uk helpline a ring, there is bound to be someone there that can help you.
Write to your local am/mp,local councillor asking for help. It is up to you if you write into the papers but it is best not to, as you do get the trolls annoying you.
The advocate service should not turn you down unless there is a good reason why.
The biggest problem at the moment which a lot of services are doing at the moment are using covid-19 to hide behind but there is a new law which has been passed to stop that. Speak to the carers as they will find someone to help you case and anyone else’s. The advocate service is snowed under picking up the slack as lawyers will not do anything unless there is money to be made out of it. Don’t leave it to late as some of these services like social service will drag their heels until 6 month is up of any complaint or for something to be done.