JR challenge to care charging policy

Disabled woman given permission to legally challenge Norfolk County Council care charging policy

A young woman who has Downs syndrome has been granted permission for Judicial Review of Norfolk County Council’s policy of charging people for essential care and support.

The 24-year-old claimant, SH, and her mother and litigation friend, MH, are part of a group of Norfolk disabled people, carers and supporters who have campaigned against Norfolk County Council’s decision to introduce a cut to the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) for working age disabled people.

The cut, combined with Norfolk County Council’s decision to include all but one component of SH’s benefits in a calculation of her contribution to care charges, leaves her in real terms, on a permanently depleted income.
MH fears this means her daughter will never be able to afford to live independently, given the total of charges levied on disabled people in supported living.

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