Allowance increase refusal could force disabled woman Natassia Bhoorasingh from family home
A family face putting their disabled daughter in assisted accommodation after the council refused to increase her personal care allowance enabling her to receive personal care.
Natassia Bhoorasingh suffers from Cerebral Palsy and lives with her parents in South Norwood.
The 21-year-old receives a personal care budget allowance of £175 each week, but the money is unable to fund both her personal care and attendance at a day care centre in South Croydon.
Miss Bhoorasingh currently spends £141 of her allowance on attending the Bramley Hill Day Centre three times a week, a centre her parents say is best meeting her social needs.
At present, Miss Bhoorasingh's parents get up at 4.30am to wash and dress their daughter, after Croydon Council said she was not entitled to any more money.
Her mother Petrell Powell-Bhoorasingh said: "Croydon Social Service think Natassia is such a burden to us they suggested she be sent to live in assisted accommodation which costs £225 a week in rent alone, not including council tax and not to mention the personal care need.
"Natassia is my child regardless of her age and I'm not going to be put in a care home when we have a perfect family home with all the adaptations to deal with her needs.
"We are happy to provide personal care at weekends, we just need some help in the week.
"All we are asking is for some help which is provided for in budget so that our child can feel more human in spite of her disability."
The family's problem comes weeks after disabled campaigners protested against proposed cuts of £10m to Croydon's adult social care budget.
The group from Disabled People Against Cuts argue the proposed budget cuts, on top of benefit cuts being made nationally, will have a detrimental impact on the lives of disabled people in the borough.
A spokesman for Croydon Council said: "We look carefully at how we assess people's needs when allocating direct payments and review on a regular basis.
"It is the individual's choice on how they wish to spend their money to meet those needs. In this case, that could be used to pay for personal care."