The appeal by Gloucestershire Council and the Health Secretary
against the Appeal Court judgement that the council cannot take
resources into account when withdrawing or reducing services was
due to be heard in the Lords as Community Care went to
press. The ruling applies only to care provided under the
Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970.
The High Court ruled in June 1995 that Gloucestershire Council
could take resources into account, but it should reassess before
changing services. This was overturned by the Appeal Court, which
said the service was mandatory once assessed as being needed.