Waiting Game Continues For Eastbourne's Billy

Thursday 9th February 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Billy Forse At County Hall

An Eastbourne mum and her teenage son must continue to wait to hear if County Hall will help them.

Billy Forse was stripped of his transport to college once he turned 16, with the County Council not obliged to assist, except in exceptional circumstances. The authority has previously ruled Billy doesn’t qualify for help, even though he is severely disabled and relies on help to carry out everyday tasks.

After the ombudsman ruled in Billy’s favour, the County Council has been forced to look again at his case, which was heard yesterday (8 February). If this appeal again goes against Billy, his mum, Leanna, may have to quit her job as a teacher and will have to hand in her notice within the next few weeks. Since the transport help was stopped, Leanna has been paying £500 every month for a specialist taxi and an escort to get Billy to and from college.

Yesterday Leanna and Billy went to County Hall in a last ditch attempt to make councillors see Billy's plight.

They have been told they probably won’t know the outcome of the appeal hearing until next week.

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