Families threaten county with legal action over cuts to services for disabled children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 10th, 2018 in budgets, children, disabled persons, education, local government, news by sally

‘Lawyers acting for families with disabled children have threatened Somerset County Council with a legal challenge over proposed cuts to services that would save £2m over the next two years.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th December 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

A tendency to physical abuse: Upper Tribunal clarifies scope of Equality Act in education context — Katie Ayres – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Upper Tribunal decision in of C&C v Governing Body [2018] UKUT 269 (AAC) has provided important clarification to the scope of the Equality Act 2010 in an education context.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th November 2018

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The limits of doctors’ liability for wrongful birth – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 27th, 2018 in appeals, autism, birth, children, disabled persons, doctors, limitations, negligence, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘Khan v MNX [2017] EWHC 2990 (QB). The Court of Appeal has held that a mother who consults a doctor in order to avoid the birth of a child with one disability may not recover damages for the costs associated with a different disability.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th November 2018

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Bus driver sacked for positive cocaine test awarded £40k as tribunal agrees drug came from students’ notes – Daily Telegraph

‘A bus driver who was sacked for testing positive for cocaine has been awarded £40,000 after a tribunal ruled the drug could have got into his system when he licked his fingers after accepting notes from students.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th November 2018

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Orkambi: Family of girl with cystic fibrosis launch legal challenge over lack of NHS funding for breakthrough drug – The Independent

‘The family of a six-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis who was denied funding for a breakthrough drug which could extend her life has launched a judicial review against the NHS.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

High Court agrees to hear challenge over voting device for blind people – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 14th, 2018 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, elections, news by sally

‘The High Court has granted permission for a legal challenge brought by Rachael Andrews, who is blind, over the Government’s choice of device to enable blind people to vote without assistance.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Rogue bailiffs face crackdown as MP urges government to act – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2018 in bailiffs, debts, disabled persons, identification, news by sally

‘The government has pledged to crack down on rogue bailiffs after an MP raised the case of a disabled constituent who thought she was being burgled when debt collectors burst into her home without showing ID and took cash from her purse.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

City council faces judicial review challenge over day centre closure – Local Government Lawyer

‘Campaigners have launched a judicial review challenge over a decision by Birmingham City Council to close a day centre used by people with a range of physical and learning disabilities.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st November 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Welsh policy on FE provision for young people with learning difficulties “lawful” – Local Government Lawyer

‘Welsh ministers and the quango Careers Wales did not act unreasonably when they decided not to reassess the educational and training needs of a young man with a learning disability, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th October 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Britain’s equality efforts overshadowed by ‘backwards steps’, EHRC warns – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, disabled persons, equality, health, minorities, news by tracey

‘Progress on making Britain a more equal country has been overshadowed over the last three years by “alarming backward steps”, the government’s own equalities watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Disabled victims of hate crime receiving improved service from prosecutors – report – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 9th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, disabled persons, hate crime, press releases by tracey

‘A network of prosecutors dedicated to tackling hate crime has helped the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) improve the experience of disabled victims, an inspection report has found.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 9th October 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Ombudsman finds against council after family left waiting for house adaptations for disabled son for three years – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in children, delay, disabled persons, housing, local government, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘A severely disabled Doncaster boy’s family has had to wait three years for Doncaster Council to provide them with the special adaptations their home needs, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st August 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Disabled activists launch legal fund to take transport companies to court – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2018 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, news, transport by sally

‘A new legal fund is being launched on Wednesday to hold transport companies to account when they fail to provide equal treatment for disabled passengers.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Equality Act and ‘reasonable to remain’ – Nearly Legal

Posted August 10th, 2018 in disabled persons, equality, homelessness, housing, local government, news by sally

‘Ms L “suffers from a number of both physical and mental problems. She is wheelchair bound and is confined to bed for large portions of the day. She requires 24-hour care, including intimate care which for the time being is provided by her former partner.” She had the tenancy of a housing association property – a two bedroomed bungalow in sheltered accommodation, which was adapted for her needs.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th August 2018

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R (Sambotin) v Brent LBC – Arden Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in disabled persons, homelessness, housing, judicial review, news, statutory duty by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a local authority in which they had sought to withdraw a concluded decision as to what duty was owed to a homeless person; such a decision could only be withdrawn in cases of fraud or fundamental mistake of fact, neither of which were present.’

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Arden Chambers, 31st July 2018

Source: www.ardenchambers.com

Capacity in the context of Prader-Willi syndrome – Family Law

Posted July 31st, 2018 in disabled persons, expert witnesses, mental health, news, social services by sally

‘Ella Anderson, barrister at Spire Barristers, discusses the practical implications of the judgment in Re FX [2017] EWCOP 36 – the first ever reported decision to consider questions of capacity in the context of Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which causes a range of physical, learning and behavioural difficulties.’

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Family Law, 30th July 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Rulings clarify scope of employers’ disability duties – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 16th, 2018 in disabled persons, employment, equality, news by tracey

‘ Doing the right thing by disabled employees may require more than mere compliance with the minimum requirements set out in equalities law.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th July 2018

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“Significant barriers” exist for disabled lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted July 16th, 2018 in disabled persons, legal profession, news by tracey

‘Disabled people seeking employment or working in the legal profession are “an untapped resource”, according to ground-breaking research. It found a profession not set up to accommodate the needs of disabled people in or wanting to join the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 16th July 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Lady Hale at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference, Birmingham – Supreme Court

Posted July 5th, 2018 in bills, disabled persons, human rights, judges, mental health, speeches, treaties by tracey

‘Lady Hale at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference, Birmingham. Is it time for yet another Mental Health Act?’

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Supreme Court, 24th June 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Woman who asked court to allow disabled daughter to die changes mind – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2018 in care orders, children, consent, disabled persons, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A woman who thought that her severely disabled 11-year-old daughter should be allowed to die has told a family court judge that she has changed her mind.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk