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PM is told of man’s eviction fears
9:30am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A MAN with Down’s Syndrome whose eviction fears led to a major online support campaign met Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday.
Witney’s James Sleight, 25, met the town’s MP at his constituency surgery.
His sister Alana Inness said he had been served with an eviction notice, due to budget cuts at his care agency.
More than 131,000 people signed an online petition calling on Oxfordshire County Council to allow him to stay.
She wrote on change.org: “James will no longer get the support he needs to live in his home and will have to leave.”
Council director for social and community services John Jackson last night said: “The county council wants to reassure James and his family that he will not be made homeless and we will continue to meet his care needs, as we are legally obliged to do.
“The social care team has talked frequently to James’ family over the last two weeks to resolve this situation.
“We are talking to the provider about how this service for James could continue.
“The value of James’ care package has not changed so it is not true to say this set of circumstances is the result of savings that the county council is required to make.”
Council spokesman Paul Smith said the council had not “changed its mind”.
Mr Cameron said after the meeting: “I will continue to work closely with social services, who are already in touch with the family, to ensure James gets the support he needs.”
Mr Sleight’s father, Neil, said last night: “The meeting went very well, Mr Cameron was very supportive.
“Obviously it was a private meeting, but there are some things which will happen as a result.”
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