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Northants County Council cuts on family support.

Northants County Council cuts on family support.

As Northamptonshire County Council makes £70m worth of spending cuts, how does it feel for a needy family to have support withdrawn?

"Mum!!!! Daniel's outside in his pants!" cries Alex at the crack of dawn.

"Is he out the front?" asks mum-of-four Torie Brooks, who had fallen back to sleep.

"No, he's in the back garden," says Alex.

"Well, that's all right then," she says, hauling herself out of bed yet again to attend to the younger of her two disabled sons.


Torie is accustomed to early morning wake-up calls of this sort at the family home in the Northamptonshire village of Woodford Halse.

Daniel and Alex both have a rare disorder called Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, in which the body is unable to produce suitable amounts of cholesterol.

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