Scottish Government Could Face Legal Action Over Budget Cuts ‘Discrimination’

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.

 

A disabled lawyer could seek a judicial review of the Scottish government’s draft budget, which he claims discriminates against disabled people by cutting hundreds of millions of pounds from local authority funding.

Daniel Donaldson (pictured), director of Legal Spark Law Centre in Glasgow, is discussing a possible legal action with disabled people and their organisations concerned about the implications of this month’s budget.

He said Legal Spark was being contacted by increasing numbers of disabled people who have faced “unfair reassessments” of their support packages by cost-cutting councils, even before the SNP budget saw proposed cuts of £350 million to council funding, a reduction of 3.5 per cent.

Donaldson said: “We cannot see how the Scottish government’s current budget complies with their legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.

“It is reasonably foreseeable that if you cut services within the public sector, that the people who rely the most on those services will be adversely affected.

“Disabled people and the carers of disabled people rely on the support they receive from the public sector.

 

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