Everyone knows that raising a child is at once both the most rewarding and the most difficult thing in the world. The challenges that parents with special cares children are even greater – yet those parents all say that the worst part is fighting off the discrimination they face.
Tom Browne, who is the father to 2 children with autism, said he recently faced this discrimination from the Kent city council. According to the enraged father, the city council asked if he and his family was willing to move out from the county for a small sum of money.
According to Browne, the offer was made when he filed a complaint to the county over the municipal governments assistance. Before moving into Kent, the Brownes filed for a needs assessment that they were entitled to because of their children’s health conditions.
However, when the council failed to pay the entitled amount, Browne filed a legal complaint. As a lawyer, Browne understood that the council was not doing its job. It was during this process in which the father claims that the council offered his family money in return for moving out.
In an interview with BBC, Browne said that the 100,000 GBP would be paid to them with only one condition – evidence that the Browne family has moved out of Kent and a promise that they will not return to the county for 5 years.
The claims were substantiated by a document that Browne showed to the BBC reporters, who confirmed the contents of the document. Browne said he decided to refuse the offer, and said he was still angered and confused by the way in which he and his family was treated.
In particular, the lawyer said he can’t understand why the council would rather give him that money and essentially expel him from the community rather than use that money to assist and help his two sons.
A council spokesperson refuted much of the details that Browne disclosed to the BBC. Describing the process as a “mediation”, the spokesperson said that the council and Browne failed to reach an agreement, but said the schools can likely take in the two children with ease.
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