My application for Direct Payments has been turned down on the grounds that Jean cannot legally apply for it in her own right. I know and can prove that carers whose wives or husbands are no position to apply have been granted Direct Payments by our Local Council I have written to Mp's and had the same response, no Direct Paments. I have contacted the Head of Social Dervices at Doncaster Council and have not receieved the courtesy of a response in 5 months. I have written to the Local Government Ombudsman to find out why the Council are not talking to me or telling me anything. Yesterday I had a telephone converstion with my newly appointed Social Worker. She openly admitted that she had been party to obtaining Direct Payments for carers where their charges are unable to apply for them due to mental illness. She then wentt on to say the following:- " If I (Grommit) were to pursue this matter further I would still not get Direct Payments as it would be against the law. Was I aware that Direct Payments is not a "for life" award but is subject to review and therefore, if I could get the payments now, they may be recinded at some later stage. Also, should I wish to pursue this matter further, was I aware that it would prompt a review of the payments at this time being illegally made to carers and that these carers may stand the chance of having the payments withdrawn" I need someone out there with the judgement of Solomon to help.