Life with a CP Baby

Why the Tory “right to buy” plan is just wrong

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 | 4 comments

Why the Tory “right to buy” plan is just wrong

I’ve been conversing with a mum this week. A mum like me, who is also desperate for a home that doesn’t endanger her severely disabled daughter with every step she carries her down a staircase. I read about her plight earlier in the week. Leanne Mhamdi lives in Grangetown with her husband, son and daughter, Nicole. Nicole has epilepsy. Like my daughter, May, she also has profound learning difficulties and cerebral palsy. She is tube-fed and relies on their care 24 hours a day. The day after I read her story – the Tory party announced with great fanfare their new flagship...

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And finally… some good news!

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 | 8 comments

And finally… some good news!

Several weeks ago, I published a post entitled: This is what being disabled and on the housing register looks like. I began: A mother with leukaemia. A five-year old daughter so disabled she can’t even throw an arm around the shoulders of someone carrying her up the stairs to her flat. Over two years on the housing register and no chance of even being shortlisted for a property. This is the reality of being disabled and living in housing completely inadequate for your needs. That was five weeks ago. This week we were shortlisted for a property! We are thrilled because, even if we...

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The video that changed everything

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 | 8 comments

The video that changed everything

Last week, ITV filmed May and I in our housing showing the reality of disabled housing. As we filmed, the reality of our lives wasn’t just highlighted in the piece, but starkly apparent to me. Only an hour later – before it even aired – we received our first contact from Lambeth council. I had to carry May up the stairs; we have four flights at various points in the house, inside and out. In the clip below, you can hear me puffing as I heave her up those stairs. They asked me hard questions, emotional questions that cut to the heart of what our lives are like. Not all of it...

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Hello, Lambeth? I didn’t expect this to happen so soon.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Hello, Lambeth? I didn’t expect this to happen so soon.

On Monday, I posted about our housing problems. By Wednesday, we were finally placed in the highest priority band for housing. Now it is Friday. Only five days later and here today, a perfect example of how families like ours are treated. We used to have a wonderful social worker named Beverly. She was a force of nature. My housing issue would never have been an issue. She would have handled it on our behalf. That’s how good social work is meant to work. As an example, Lambeth are meant to pay us “direct payments” towards our care worker twice a month. Over the course of...

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Disabled and without a home: what happened next

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Disabled and without a home: what happened next

On Monday, I published a post about our housing situation. The media picked it up and it wasn’t long before the Allocations and Verifications Team Manager for Lambeth left me a voicemail message.  In it, she asked me to email some documents over to start the process to move us to the higher band. She said she’d follow up with an email explaining what was needed and where to send it. That day? No email. The next day? No email. Wednesday, again. No email. Because, that’s the way, isn’t it? That’s exactly the problem. We can talk about the lack of housing,...

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