Judgement reserved in Wandsworth case

    Judgement reserved in Wandsworth case Two appeal court judges
    have reserved judgement in a case to determine whether services for
    disabled children should be provided as a right, or whether parents
    should be means-tested.

    Michael and Henrietta Spink have been battling in the courts
    since Wandsworth Council in London said they would have to pay
    £40,000 towards the cost of adapting their home to meet the
    needs of their children, Henry, 17, and Freddie, 12, who both have
    severe disabilities.

    The council currently pays £60,000 a year for a care
    package for the children.

    Richard Gordon QC, representing the parents, said they could not
    afford to contribute towards their children’s care. But the council
    believed they could.

    The Spinks brought the appeal after a High Court judge ruled
    last October that Wandsworth had not acted unlawfully by refusing
    to provide the essential care equipment at the couple’s home.

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