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The Mental Health Resistance Network has been working with a solicitor from the Public Law Project with a view to taking legal action to try to stop the Work Capability Assessments forcing more deserving people off of disability benefits. We seem to have identified a case and are now very close to appointing a barrister to act for us. Watch this space for future updates when we get news from the MHRN!
We are also pleased to be able to attach an electronic version (doc) of the Judgment in the Birmingham cuts case. Although it is not marked ‘Approved’, the Judge has confirmed he is content for it to be circulated publicly – thanks to Polly Sweeney, Solicitor, Public Law Department (For and on behalf of Irwin Mitchell LLP)
FOUR disabled residents from the West Midlands have won a landmark legal challenge against Birmingham City Council following a High Court ruling today (19 May 2011) which stated that the local authority’s plans to cut its adult social care budget were unlawful.
The case was brought by the families of four disabled adults from Birmingham who were told earlier this year by the Council that from 1 April 2011, any needs which were not considered ‘critical’ would no longer be paid for, leaving them concerned that many of their essential care and support needs would be unmet.