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Planet Rachael: An open letter to prime minister Theresa May

The government’s benefits policy have been a disaster for one service user.
Theresa_May

An open letter to prime minister Theresa May

Dear prime minister

I know you will be dealing with small matters, such as divorcing the European Union and considering your choice of trousers, but there is a pressing matter that requires your attention and it doesnt involve an iron.

You were responsible for directing councils to implement the revised charging policy, which involves staff going into peoples homes and applying fairer criteria to the assessment process for calculating contributions for support.

So far, so Conservative, and not unexpected given your benefits policy, but you need to know its going down in my family like a frog sandwich.

There is something ironic about a fairer charging policy that means everyone pays far more than is reasonable rather than a proportion of people paying far more than is reasonable.

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An open letter to prime minister Theresa May

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Dear prime minister

I know you will be dealing with small matters, such as divorcing the European Union and considering your choice of trousers, but there is a pressing matter that requires your attention and it doesn’t involve an iron.

You were responsible for directing councils to implement the ‘revised charging policy’, which involves staff going into people’s homes and applying ‘fairer’ criteria to the assessment process for calculating contributions for support.

So far, so Conservative, and not unexpected given your benefits policy, but you need to know it’s going down in my family like a frog sandwich.

There is something ironic about a fairer charging policy that means everyone pays far more than is reasonable rather than a proportion of people paying far more than is reasonable.

It’s also ironic that the government’s interpretation of the Care Act 2014 will serve to marginalise and deny the very rights of the people the act was brought in to support and protect. 

I’d like you to understand the impact of your policy on my daughter, Rachael, and thousands of others like her. Rachael uses her money to pay for support that ensures she eats well, or eats at all, and has opportunities to socialise.

Following her assessment, the contributions she must make have risen by 200% per week.

Does this surprise you? Shock you? Please you? Was this your vision for marginalised people when you sanctioned this policy?

The reality is that the amount Rachael is required to pay will take half her monthly monies and she simply can’t afford it.

The council are immovable and we are forced to cut her support hours. Rachael is quite simply devastated.

She will not be alone in being afraid for her future. Stop this now, before another frog cops it.


About the author

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a matron in a general hospital 

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