Five service users write to the Leader of Kingston Council

Five service users: Baroness Jane Campbell DBE, Ann Macfarlane OBE, Ali Kashmiri, Pat Page and Jane Young have written to the Leader of the Council, Councillor Derek Osbourne, using realistic scenarios to explain the serious effects of the new policy on adults of all ages with high value care packages.

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Withdrawal of application for judicial review

It is with great regret that I have to report that we have been obliged to discontinue our application for judicial review of Kingston Council’s decision to increase contributions/charges for social care. This is because we would have been unable to prove that officers and councillors did not pay ‘due regard’ to their duty to promote disability equality or give proper consideration of the equality implications of the proposals before making their decision. Continue reading

Court application reported in Kingston Guardian 19 May

Our application for judicial review against Kingston Council’s decision to increase care charges has been reported in the Kingston Guardian this week. An early version of the report is available on the Kingston Guardian website

Kingston Guardian report 19 May 2011

Kingston Guardian report 19 May 2011

Social care users win case against Birmingham

The media have recently reported that the Birmingham case has been won by the applicants, who applied for judicial review of the council’s decision to tighten eligibility criteria and to meet only critical needs. This case is significant for us as the legal basis of the decision is the same as the legal basis of our claim against Kingston – that the council did not meet its legal duty to promote disability equality and failed to pay due regard to the effects of its decision on disabled people.

Kingston has already said that it’s waiting for the Birmingham decision to be published before it responds to our solicitor’s letter before claim. So it will be interesting to see what Kingston decides to do!

Case against Kingston Council makes front page of the Informer!

‘Care charges row goes to High Court‘ reads the headline on the front page of the Kingston Informer this week, 13 May. It’s exciting to see that the Informer has seen fit to place an article about our legal action against Kingston on the front page of its Kingston edition this week. The article is reasonably accurate and I have scanned it here: Kingston Informer 13 May 2011

In the meantime, the legal application is now on hold as Kingston has asked for extra time, until 25 May, to submit their response to the Letter before claim.

Kingston Council faces legal action over care charges

A resident of New Malden who depends on Kingston social services for support with daily living is taking the council to the High Court over its decision to increase care charges, on the grounds that the Council failed to comply with its legal duty to promote equality for disabled people and women. Continue reading

Kingston Council decides to increase care charges

On Tuesday 8th February the council’s Executive Committee decided to implement the proposals to increase charges for social care in Kingston, with one concession – to charge 75% of people’s available income rather than 100% as they originally proposed. This is a welcome concession but will not help those who have saved to give themselves some financial security. Continue reading