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What I do now (part 1 of lots)

05.18.11 | Comment?

Right then, the Bickerstaffe Record has been on a little blog holiday, but it’s back and raring to go.  at my last meeting as a councillor bloke, the Tory leader said he’d miss the Bickerstaffe Record.  Not sure why. You don’t have to be a councillor to have a blog, as far as I know.

Anyway, there’s lots coming, but for starters here’s a press release about one new thing I’m up to.  I would have posted it yesterday, but I couldn’t remember how to log in, it’s been that  long.

Press release: legal challenge to Lancashire care cuts

A West Lancashire rights campaigner has announced that he is working as a volunteer with specialist law firm Irwin Mitchell to bring forward legal challenges from local people to Lancashire County Council over its decision to cut children’s and adult social care packages.

Paul Cotterill, who was until recently a West Lancashire councillor, said:

“I’m interested in speaking to anyone in West Lancashire who feels their or their family’s care package or funding has been reduced to a level below what they need or what they feel is reasonable. Lancashire County Council has a legal duty, set out in longstanding legislation, to take proper account of the needs of vulnerable and disabled people. There is a strong view from local campaign bodies, including Disability Equality North West, that the Council is failing in its duties in its rush to cut care budgets.

“Law firm Irwin Mitchell, specialists in this area, are currently pursuing ‘test cases’ in the courts, but it is important that other relevant cases are brought to their attention. I will act as a first point of contact, able to chat with people about their circumstances, and help them decide if they want to pursue their case with legal help. There is no cost of any kind for this, and I’m happy to travel to meet people if it helps.

“Irwin Mitchell are leaders in this field of legal justice, and they recognise that for many people the prospect of taking on the authorities in the courts can be very scary or off-putting, however much they are suffering from the cuts imposed on their care. Our challenge is to make the justice open to all, and this is one way of doing it.”

Paul Cotterill can be contacted through his blog ‘The Bickerstaffe Record’, at pcotterill@live.co.uk or…….[not putting my number here, as don’t want to be trolled]

 Editor Notes

For more information on the Judicial Review process currently taking place, please see the folllowing link

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/may/10/disabled-people-cuts-protest-courts

and

http://www.disability-equality.org.uk/news/cost-cutting-council-chiefs-face-legal-challenge-from-families-with-disabled-children/n37

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