MP’s plea for respite assistance
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.”