While people with learning disabilities on the Isle of Wight may be celebrating their recent legal victory over the council, which overturned proposed social care cuts, the case begs questions about what will happen next - and elsewhere - as councils continue to grapple with the problems caused by their reduced funding. For JM and NT - as they are known for legal reasons - two men with learning disabilities who require 24-hour care, the High Court's decision that cuts made to adult social care provision by Isle of Wight Council were unlawful and should be quashed means that they will retain the services they need to be able to live their lives. On a human level, this is a great decision for them and stops any potential suffering they may have incurred as a result of the cuts. Indeed, it is good news for the 2,000 or so others on the Isle of Wight who were facing reductions in some or all of their care packages. Well, at least it is until the council comes back with a revised adult social care budget. I assume that next time it will be lawful - I can't imagine the council's lawyers would let the same mistakes happen twice - and I also presume that it will  re-affirm significant cuts to the available budget. Indeed, while this case sends a message to other people around the country that local authority social care cuts can be fought and overturned - following other similar cases, such as Birmingham City Council - it does raise questions about what councils will do next. After all, the cuts have to be made somewhere. Just because some have been ruled unlawful doesn't mean they are going to go away. Local authorities are under pressure from central government to make significant cuts to their budgets. Not making them is not an option. The legal challenges don't mean that service cuts won't still be made, they just mean they may come from other areas of the social care budget. So it could mean that other people end up losing out; or that legal ways will be found to make the cuts for the same groups of people which may result in them losing out in different ways. It could still mean that some people lose the services they need to stay well and live independent lives. Those in charge of the purse strings have to remember that they are dealing with people, rather than numbers on a spreadsheet, when they are working out adult social care budgets and where to make cuts. But this is easy to say. Local authority budgets are complicated and increasingly limited. I certainly wouldn't want to be the person/people charged with having to make these difficult decisions. It seems a thankless task, because any cut they make is bound to adversely affect someone, somewhere. There is no way of protecting all of the people, all of the time… So, while the legal challenges to unlawful and unfair cuts are to be welcomed - as is the courts' willingness to overturn council plans - it has to be remembered that the cuts will not go away, they will return in other forms, which could prove to be just as bad for service users.