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Lancashire County Council Faces High Court Case Over Care Cuts

July 20, 2011

I hope the women win.

Two disabled women are mounting a legal challenge over Lancashire County Council’s decision to cut care services.

The women, who do not want to be named, are being represented by Disability Equality North West (DENW) at the High Court in Manchester later.

Savings of £179m need to be made by the authority over three years with £25m being cut from home care services.

The judicial review will decide whether the cuts decision was made legally.

The DENW’s solicitors are questioning the council’s public consultation process, arguing the cuts were set before the consultation came to an end.

It has also said the council has failed to comply with disability discrimination law.

The two women have said they need assistance in their own homes to help them get out of bed and carry out daily tasks like getting dressed and going to the shops.

The Conservative-run county council is denying the allegations.

It said it was trying to protect front line services as far as possible, but that it needed to raise charges for care services and that people currently receiving the support will be assessed.

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