A morbidly obese woman who says she cannot get out of bed on her own managed to see The Wanted in concert, a court has heard.
The obese woman bought cigarettes and alcohol despite being ‘unable to shop alone’ and knew how to use games consoles but not washing machines, it was claimed.
But Plymouth council is contesting the case, insisting the woman’s ‘dependency on the state’ is her own worst enemy.
While it agrees she requires treatment for ‘psychological problems’, the council says the woman has a ‘lack of motivation’ and too much support will be ‘detrimental to her wellbeing’.
The woman’s lawyer, Irena Sabic, told the High Court in London that she has a personality disorder, extreme paranoia and a history of self-harm and drug abuse.
Her needs were recognised by the council until last May when direct payments – which allowed her to live in a supported home – were withdrawn.
Ms Sabic said the council was ‘legally obliged’ to lay on a full care regime for the woman and disputed claims that she ‘requires no care services whatsoever’.
But James Dixon, for Plymouth council, said: ‘The key question here is her willingness to take responsibility for her own personal care.’
In a preliminary ruling, Judge Stephen Males QC said the council was being unlawful and ordered it to arrange a temporary care regime to cater for the woman’s ‘immediate and urgent’ needs. This will be enforced until a full hearing of the case takes place in May.
Written by Hayden Smith
Original article published in Metro: 15/02/2012