I called LA on Monday to check if still had 28 days entitlement to respite. Was told need to have carers assessment. Got call back today, first thought was "good, that was quick"....wrong! Was initially informed I already have 9 hours week, I explained have some things might want to try and do and wanted to confirm number of days entitled to. This person advised me respite was dependent on my mum's needs!!? Er, what about my needs as a carer? Would speak to manager and call me back..... Second call informed me respite to prevent carer breakdown etc, then asked what I actually did for mum (do they not keep records). Also informed them I care for sister who has autism. Upshot is cannot try and arrange respite until had assessment, bearing in mind had one 3 years ago by local carers organisation. They did say they could look into getting me more help so I can care for mum at home??? Have no idea how long have to wait for assessment, but I shall be ready for them and well prepared for another fight But it is so frustrating. I am entitled to respite aren't I? Sorry for rant, thanks for reading.