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Funding of care home place for son of Ringmer woman cancelled
A young man who has epilepsy and severe autism is being evicted from his care home after a council reneged on its promise to foot the bill.
James Venn, 21, who suffers from complex special needs and is unable to speak, has lived at Pepenbury Residential Care Home in Tunbridge Wells since August 2011.
But on Friday, July 19 James’ father received a phone call from the care home explaining that from August 18 there would no longer be a place for James following East Sussex County Council’s U-turn.
His worried mother Julie Venn, a teaching assistant from Ringmer, near Lewes, said: “When we got the phone call we were just stunned.
“There have been funding issues but as parents at every review of James’ needs we have been told that we don’t need to be involved and the matter is being dealt with.”
She said she had received no communication from East Sussex or Pepenbury to say there were still problems with the placement.
She added: “It took over a year to find the correct place for James to go – the thought that we have to find somewhere within four weeks is impossible.
“East Sussex recommended the home to us in the first place.
“It seems that James’ care and welfare counts for nothing and all we are is a drain on budgets.”
The family had a crisis meeting with the council on Friday and has been told they will be given more time to find James a new home.
A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said: “The care home approached the council with a significant increase in an already high weekly fee, despite there being no change in James’ needs.
“Regrettably, following lengthy discussions, the care home decided to give notice on James’ placement.
“Given this situation we have no choice but to look for a new care home for James.
“We completely understand the frustration James and his family feel and we are in regular communication with them to ensure the transfer is as smooth as possible.”
Pepenbury Residential Care Home refused to comment.
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