The fightback has started. No more are people with learning disabilities taking cuts to services lying down. After protests in London recently - and smaller ones around the country over local issues - more and more people with learning disabilities are fighting back and are increasingly turning to the courts to help them to do this. For instance, last week Gary Pockett, a man with learning disabilities, and his brother Chris instructed lawyers to challenge the legality of Gloucestershire County Council's decision to close Dursley Training Unit, a centre for people with learning disabilities. As Pockett's lawyer, Ian Cohen, said, unless the council "carefully reconsiders its position" - presumably a euphemism for "reverses its decision" - by June 20, High Court action will follow "to protect Gary's position and the quality of life of the other disabled adults who attend the Centre." The case is being fought as a breach of the Equality Act 2010. There are other similar cases going on around the country and I'm not surprised. In May, when 4 disabled people in Birmingham won their landmark case against the City Council's plan to restrict social care provision to people with 'critical' needs, many suspected this would open the floodgates to other challenges. And so it is starting to prove; savvy people affected - who have access to savvy lawyers - have realised that there is a good legal case that can be made to stop planned cuts. And with the precedent of the Birmingham case strengthening their hand, it is possible that a number may succeed. If this means that these service users retain much-needed services that add value to their lives, so much the better. But legal challenges do bring other concerns that are trickier to address. For instance, if a council decides to fight a legal challenge, that doesn't come cheap - especially if it's a case that ends up in the High Court - where will the money for that come from, except from elsewhere in the public purse? And, if a legal challenge leads to, for example, a day centre remaining open, one assumes this means the council will have to make cuts in other parts of  the social care budget, potentially leaving others without services? Because at the heart of all of this lies the government's decision to slash public expenditure. Whether local action of the sort we're seeing in Birmingham and Gloucestershire will affect thinking at the national level is open to debate. But, if it doesn't, it's local people and local politicians who will have to deal with the fallout. So, while the legal challenges are welcome, a win is by no means the end of the story for service users. Managing council cuts is inevitably a difficult business and the issues they bring in their wake are complex. With more legal challenges seemingly on the horizon, things just got a whole lot more complicated.