The mother of a severely disabled child has accused Prime Minister David Cameron of going back on his election pledge to care for her daughter.
Riven Vincent's six-year-old daughter Celyn has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is blind. Riven says the Prime Minister promised her more would be done to help families with disabled children when they spoke before the election during a Mumsnet debate.
Writing on the Mumsnet message boards, desperate Ms Vincent said:
'Families are crumbling across the country as carers cannot cope. It's that what should be a national issue. Not me.'
'Have asked SS [social services] to take DD [dear daughter] into care... I can't cope.'
Celyn cannot talk, walk or sit up and needs needs 24-hour care. Despite this, the family receive just six hours of help a week.
She says she feels let down that she cannot get extra help for Celyn at home, and has no option but to put her into care - despite assurances that her family, and families like hers would be looked after:
'He promised us personally before the election that my Holly [the English version of Celyn's name] and the NHS would be safe in his hands,' she said.
A Downing Street spokesman said the Prime Minister is 'acutely aware of how difficult it is to bring up a disabled child':
'The Prime Minister is very concerned at what he's heard. He's writing to Riven Vincent and in conjunction he's also asked her local MP for all the details of the case urgently.
'He's also asking the MP to speak to the local council to make sure that she's receiving all that she's entitled to.'
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