Learning Disability Today
Supporting professionals working in learning disability and autism services

Court ruling welcome but problems remain

The recent Supreme Court judgement which says that local authorities cannot take their finances into account when assessing people’s need for social care is welcome, but Dan Parton believes more fundamental problems remain: The recent judgement in the KM vs Cambridgeshire County Council case made it clear that “resources are not to be taken into account” – as they currently are in a number of local authorities – when establishing the needs of disabled people. This is welcome news because it ensures all potential social care service users will now have their needs assessed before any question of the local


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