Saturday, 21 May 2011

Lancashire County Council legal battle after Birmingham City Council loses

THE LEGAL battle over County Hall’s social services cuts has taken a fresh twist after a council decision was ruled ‘unlawful’ in a test case.

Birmingham City Council now has to reconsider its decision to cut back the support given to disabled adults after a judge said it could have a ‘devastating’ impact on people.

The historic verdict could have an impact on Lancashire County Council, which is fighting a similar action from the same firm of solicitors, Irwin Mitchell.

My comment: The outcome depends on whether they consulted properly, in line with disability legislation, before reaching its decision. Something Birmingham City Council failed to do. The judge in the Birmingham City Case said the council had failed to take account of disability discrimination laws and criticised the authority’s flawed public consultation on the proposed cuts.

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