A MOTHER whose child has cerebral palsy is outraged that social services is refusing to cover transport fees needed to send her daughter to college.
Irene Wadesworth's daughter Rachel was looking forward to leaving Cavendish school in September and attending Bridge College in Stockport.
The 19-year-old would benefit from the care of a teacher, physiotherapist and speech worker at the college which works to offer therapies including the use of a fitness suite and hydrotherapy pool.
However, the daily cost of transporting Rachel to and from her home at Hallwood Park in Runcorn every day would mount up to £600 per week, which the family simply cannot afford to pay.
Rachel, who uses a wheelchair, cannot travel in a car and is in need of a specially adapted mini-bus to take her to school. Her brother Geoffrey also has cerebral palsy and is due to leave Cavendish school within three years.
Irene said: 'Rachel has been accepted at Bridge College in Stock-port, and this is the only college that can meet all her needs.'
'Halton's social services department has let my daughter down so many times when they have an obligation to provide her education.
'My daughter is supposed to start in September, and there are a lot of families who will be going through the same agony as us.'
While attending Chesnut Lodge school in Widnes, Rachel suffered severe sclerosis which caused her spine to shape like a letter 'C'.
If social services don't back down, the only alternative for Irene would be to send Rachel to the Bridgewater Day Centre in Castlefields, which does not have the capability to meet all Rachel's needs.
A Halton Borough Council spokes-woman said: 'We have been successfully supporting Rachel within the community. She now wishes to access education facilities in Stock-port.
'Whilst we will continue to promote her independence an issue has arisen with regard to the significant costs.'