"THE system has failed me and my father."
These are the tragic words of Linda Fuller.
Linda, 51, is disabled but cares for her father 83-year-old Charles Gillatt.
But their plea for help from Kirklees Council's social services seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
Former engineer Mr Gillatt from Crosland Moor suffers from a number of serious conditions, including internal bleeding and ischemic heart disease, which make him a "ticking time bomb".
Despite suffering a brain haemorrhage and stroke in her 20s Linda worked up until two years ago, when she retired due to ill health.
Now her condition is worsening and despite visiting her father every day she can't help him as much as she could.
But social services say the loving father and daughter don't qualify for any help.
Linda, of Headwell Green, Bolster Moor, said: "Social services have said that because I help my father we are entitled to nothing for his care.
"In order to get my father any professional help I would have to abandon him.
"What choice is that for a daughter?"
Linda worked for the Inland Revenue for more than 30 years while her father worked for Highfield Gears in Folly Hall.
She added: "We paid tax and worked and now we can't get help. I need help and other people in my situation need help."
Now Linda, who has serious and worsening mobility problems as a result of a severe spinal condition, has been told she needs an operation which could take months to recover from.
She added: "I have had to postpone the operation because I can't leave my father for three months alone.
"When GPs and physios say there must be more help and then you are told by social services that there is nothing it is very upsetting.
"The situation is bad.
"When my father falls I can't pick him up.
"I'm his daughter and carer - think how that makes me feel. Think how that would make any other daughter who loves her father feel."
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: "While it would be inappropriate to divulge the details of individual cases, I am able to confirm that a reassessment of Mr Gillatt's needs has been requested and this is in the process of being undertaken.
"Kirklees Social Services values the contribution made by carers to support their relatives and friends and works alongside these arrangements to meet the assessed needs of vulnerable people.
"Assessments are undertaken by talking to individuals about their own situation and any response made by the department in relation to those individual needs.
"We would not suggest that an informed carer would need to cease any informal care arrangements in order for the department to respond to any eligible care needs."