MP’s plea for respite as­sis­tance

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

HACK­NEY NORTH and Stoke New­ing­ton MP Diane Ab­bott has backed the JC’s “Forgotten Par­ents” cam­paign by rais­ing the is­sue with the lo­cal mayor.

In a meet­ing with the mayor, Jules Pipe, on Mon­day, Ms Ab­bott high­lighted the lack of suit­able respite care for Charedi fam­i­lies with dis­abled chil­dren.

It was in June that the JC first drew at­ten­tion to the prob­lem, which has left many par­ents of large fam­i­lies car­ing for their se­verely dis­abled chil­dren round-the-clock, with lit­tle or no as­sis­tance. Their re­li­gious needs mean they find stan­dard fos­ter care un­suit­able.

Speak­ing af­ter the meet­ing, Ms Ab­bott said: “I think th­ese are a group of par­ents who are forgotten and their needs are not be­ing met.

“They are an im­por­tant part of the com­mu­nity, and pay their taxes like ev­ery­one else, so they de­serve a proper ser­vice.”

But she added that Hack­ney so­cial ser­vices had been meet­ing af­fected fam­i­lies and Jewish com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

It was also en­cour­ag­ing more Ortho­dox fam­i­lies to come for­ward as fos­ter car­ers.

“The prob­lem is find­ing fos­ter car­ers who meet the re­quire­ments. It is a dif­fi­culty but is some­thing so­cial ser­vices are work­ing on.

“I hope the sit­u­a­tion will im­prove for th­ese fam­i­lies. The way for­ward is to get more Ortho­dox Jewish fam­i­lies of­fer­ing fos­ter care.”

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