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Disability support group sues County Council over care cuts

Posted on - 1st April, 2011 - 10:25am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Campaigns, Charities, Crime, News, People

A disability support group is so unhappy with Lancashire County Council’s cuts they are planning to sue them.

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Last month the council announced their budget which included £179m worth of ‘savings’.

Council leader Geoff Driver promised to protect services but the cuts have now provoked outrage in the care sector.

Members of Disability Equality North West (DENW) are so enraged they have starting legal proceedings against the authority.

Lesley Finlay, chair of DENW said: “We face many new challenges over the coming year and it is clear that these cuts to services will impact on the funding we receive.”

Melanie Close, chief executive of the disability support group said: “Many people will be affected adversely by these changes.”

Earlier this month the group sent a letter to start legal proceedings. The council responded and told the group they disagree with the legal challenge.

Members of the DENW are being asked to tell the group’s executives how life will change when the cuts hit. This information will then be presented in court.

DENW was founded in 1996 and since then they have promoted human rights of those with disabilities.

Disabled people are trained to work for the group and then they help others who are going through a hard time.

Lancashire County Council decided to make cuts without consulting care homes which DENW claim is illegal under the Equalities Act.

The council is refusing to reverse its decision and could end up spending the money saved from cutting care in court.

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