Care package continuity call

A disability campaigner from Devon is calling on the government to ensure that people who move house do not suffer a cut in their package of care as a result.

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Disabled campaigner doesn't know why hours cut

Mr Lamb largely agreed with Sarah's main point, which is in any case enshrined in the Care Bill going through Parliament. This does safeguard care packages pending a fresh assessment in the new area, and set down a national formula for working out what people like Sarah should be entitled to.

Sarah says she's not really sure why her hours have been cut. She says she was surprised at the move given that she feels her needs have if anything increased.

Torbay Council, which includes Paignton, referred us to the local NHS trust, which made the assessment.

Without referring to her by name, they said they had to ensure that social care resources were allocated fairly. They added: "This is done through a thorough and detailed assessment, against national guidelines".

Care continuity call for disabled people moving house

A disability campaigner from Devon is calling on the government to ensure that people who move house do not suffer a cut in their package of care as a result. Sarah Croft, 28, uses a wheelchair and finds everyday tasks painful as a result of an undiagnosed muscle disease.

She recently moved from Exmouth to Paignton - covered by a different local authority - and now receives 16 hours' support from a carer each week as opposed to 23.5.

She has been to see the health minister, Norman Lamb in an effort to win his support for "continuity of care" - whereby a disabled person who moves to a different area can keep their care. She fears that otherwise people who want to move far any reason will be deterred from doing so.

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