We’ve had Redbridge Council banning smokers from adoption, now we have a couple being denied because the husband is too fat.
Damien and Charlotte Hall are14 years a couple, 11 years married, but unable to have children. They deserve better than this and so does the child that they would have otherwise adopted.
This interview with the BBC shows you that there can be no other reason why they should not be able to adopt.
The Council workers did not even have the gumption to tell them in person. Instead they sent aweak willed letter. Here are some extracts:
I am writing to confirm that we are unable to progress an application from you at this time.
This is due to the concerns that the medical advisers have expressed regarding Mr Hall's weight.
I have discussed this with our medical adviser... who considers that it is important to alter lifestyle, diet and exercise in a sustainable way so that any weight reduction can be maintained in the long term.
I understand that you would like to begin the assessment as soon as possible and while appreciating your reasons for this, I consider it would be more appropriate to begin the assessment once Mr Hall's BMI is below 40.
Leeds Council and everyone involved in this should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. It is time for the smokers, eaters and drinkers of this world to stand up to these nannying bureaucrats and this unfair discrimination.