Challenge to council's policy

Disability groups are awaiting a legal challenge to a policy that may see a teenager placed into care against his family’s wishes.  Worcestershire County Council ruled in November last year that it would cap the amount it spends on new applications for adult social care packages. The cap was part of a wider plan to save £500,000 over the next four years.  But the policy drew criticism from disability groups, who said people with disabilities would be forced to take up places in residential care if the cost of being supported at home exceeded the cap.  Many children and young people with acquired brain injury benefit from support in their community.  Now the policy is to be challenged by a teenager known as ‘D’ and his family.  The 16-year-old has a moderate learning disability, epilepsy and ADHD, and his family fear the costs of supporting him in his community will be greater than the cap. Acting through a solicitor, the family will now challenge the ruling through a judicial review.  Worcestershire County Council has told local press it would be inappropriate to comment when legal proceedings are imminent.  Read the full story.
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