Cherie Booth intervenes over cuts to adult care in Wiltshire

The Prime Minister’s wife has stepped into the row over cuts to adult care in Wiltshire  after a plea from the husband of a woman with multiple sclerosis.

James McGee wrote to Cherie Booth after Wiltshire Council proposed changes to his wife Mary’s care package.

It suggested Mary could go into residential care or he could receive a direct payment to arrange her care, as it looks to restructure provision in the county to tackle a £6m-plus funding shortfall.

James has cared for Mary for the past 20 years of their 41-year marriage, and she also receives home visits from agency care workers.

Booth replied with a handwritten letter, saying she had passed details of the case to the Disability Rights Commission because she believed the couple had a legitimate case under the Human Rights Act.




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