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Letter of the week

PUBLISHED: 11:02 06 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:19 05 July 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to The Journal for highlighting the fears of parent/carers who have sons and daughters presently living in Lothingland Community Unit, at Oulton.

CONGRATULATIONS to The Journal for highlighting the fears of parent/carers who have sons and daughters presently living in Lothingland Community Unit, at Oulton.

All have learning difficulties, cannot speak for themselves in most instances, and were given the news by Suffolk County Council social services that they will be moved on by June 2010. The speculation that this move will happen has been around for some time now but is devastating for those concerned now that a date has been set.

Promises of past, of a safe and secure home for life at Lothingland, and the fact that they are happy and contented there amounts to nothing.

All the parent/carers involved have our deepest sympathy for what is about to be imposed on them as no assurances have been given on the major issues, housing and costs, and is certainly not what the residents or parents/carers want for their future, by inflicting this unwanted doctrine on them.

Graham Newman, the council's portfolio holder for adults and community services, expresses sympathy but it just acting and talking politically correct (it's his job) as do all his staff whether or not they individually believe its right.

For an individual sitting in a Whitehall government office to think they can understand what a family with a disabled child's life is like, make dramatic changes without consultation with the individual family is morally wrong. The ruling amounts to totalitarianism.

Modification to vulnerable people's lives should only take place after consultation and with the total agreement of the individual and the parent/carers concerned. One rule for all in this situation is not the answer or correct.

JANET and DAVID BARWICK

Corton Road

Lowestoft

This wins our Letter of the Week Award and the writer will receive a bouquet courtesy of Sansom's Florists.

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