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Community conference: Our Health & Social Care – the future

Please don’t appeal: a message to Birmingham City Council

by Claire Spencer

A week ago, Birmingham City Council’s proposed cuts to social care packages were ruled unlawful by the High Court.

The cuts, of around £17.5m, were to be achieved by removing social care provision for adults deemed to be merely ‘substantial’; offering it only in critical cases. But the High Court ruled that this was unlawful, under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Birmingham City Council is now considering an appeal – but we think this is a waste of time and money. There are plenty of opportunities in the future (including under the Localism Bill) for councils to strengthen their balance sheets; and those opportunities do not have to include the removal of social care from those who need it.

Birmingham Labour has started a petition, asking Birmingham City Council not to appeal the decision – to save that money, and instead, apply their energies to a different solution, involving service users in that process. It has already been emailed to all Labour members in Birmingham, and we’d appreciate the support of anyone else who agrees that there is another way.

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