At the weekend we had a brief break in the weather. Off we set with the dog for a walk. Son spotted a sign for a path. A path we had never ventured down. No idea where it went to. So living life on the edge we went for it. After a couple of miles we came to a stream with two large signs.
The first sign “Please keep to the path. Do not enter farmland. Cross Bridge for path to ….”
The second sign “Foot Bridge missing. Path closed”
Trying to find work balance is tough. Sometimes not enough work to pay the bills. Other weeks too much work to fit into the available hours. This week feels like the later case. Thats good as quite a few bills are keen to be paid. Downside is that little time available for things like housework or paperwork or battles...
Several weeks ago we had the annual school review. The outcome wasn’t ideal but it did feel like some progress had been made. Both the Health Service and Council agreed to look at securing some additional support for our son. The Council also agreed to consider if some of our son’s existing support budget could be diverted into dedicated help. Currently it goes into the overall school budget to pay for general teaching assistants – they support all kids in the class.
Today two letters came….Both letters basically saying the bridge is missing.
First letter from the Health Service. It said that the government had changed funding priorities. Money had been switched from one service to another service within Mental Health. Basically the funding which would have paid for support to our son had been removed. Very apologetic but no additional support available.
Second letter from the Council. No additional funding is available. However it will continue to provide the existing high quality support which has been recognised nationally by the Government for its excellence. Just bugger off…..
But the Council letter hadn’t finished yet. They had reviewed his existing support budget to see if it could be better tailored to meet his needs at school. No it can’t. Yes I can decide where the money is spent BUT. If I insist on taking the funding away from the general teaching assistant budget then the original offer of a place at the school would be withdrawn. Further no school in the area would offer a place without the budget going directly into the general school pot. If I elected to move area then his budget would be cancelled.
Absolutely doubly f****** Fantastic
So basically we are back to square one again. We set off down a path with hope and found the bridge was missing. Probably dismantled by our so called Prime Minister to pay for more political bungs to keep herself in a job.
Another dead end.
So the path was closed. No bridge. We looked for alternatives but nothing. So frustrating as you can see the way forward but it’s blocked. Rain clouds coming towards us so we are forced to turn round. Feels like we have been here before.