Family in need wins case
Saturday 01 February 1997
The London Borough of Newham admitted in a series of court declarations that it had failed in its legal duty to assess needs and provide help for a deaf young "carer", Elisha Whittingham, 14, her ill single mother Angela, and 10-year-old sister,Veniece, who is severely disabled by cerebral palsy. One of the principal complaints of the family, from Beckton, east London, was a failure by the council to fulfil a promise to install a suitable shower. Unable to stand or sit, walk or talk, the disabled daughter has to be bathed in a washing-up bowl by her sister and mother.
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