Earlier in the week I read this story.
Now I am not going to judge this lady. I know nothing about her and at the end of the day, whether anybody likes it or not, she is entitled to a house. She obviously meets certain criteria set by the Council who have agreed to house her.
I am not getting into a debate on what anybody feels about that. Well not right now.
What I want to know is this. If that Council has a duty to house that family and secure a new house on a new development for her, why does Tamsyn Wood’s Council not feel they have to do the same?
You remember I wrote about Tamsyn recently and the struggles she is facing since her husband, Alex’s brain injury 18 months ago? Well her Council are claiming they can do nothing to help. They have no funding. Tamsyn is living in a house that is not suitable for Alex to live in permanently and added to that everywhere they turn they are meeting brick walls.
Funding is being cut.
People in authority are shrugging their shoulders and saying “not my problem”.
Well who’s problem is it? Alex and Tamsyn have been married for ten years, have worked hard, paid their taxes, raised four children and what do they get?
Sod all quite frankly.
Alex is in a care home staffed by amazing people who are doing their best. But it is not at home. And in fact is 9o minutes away from Tamsyn. A trip she does every day as Alex looks forward to her visits and become animated when she is there. The family had been promised weekend visits for Alex to go home which were then cut to once every six weeks. Disappointing both Tamsyn and Alex but also the children who were excited about having daddy home.
Where is the justice in this?
Where is the caring society that wants to help a family stay together and care for its own?
Adapatations to a house so the family can be together. A purpose built house with a ramp and a downstairs bathroom?
Not just a shrug of the shoulders and “not my job, guv” mentality.
That is the cruelest bit of this whole story. The refusal to help the Woods family achieve the only thing they want. To be together.
And quite frankly that stinks.
Picture credit of the gorgeous Alex goes to Tamysn
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