Sunday, August 05, 2007
Council ordered to pay for failures to arrange care
"A council is today told to pay a family compensation of almost £100,000 for failing to arrange suitable care for a disabled young woman, in a ruling that will sound alarm bells in town halls across the country."
"David Congdon, head of campaigns and policy at learning disability charity Mencap, said Ms Wright's case cast a welcome spotlight on a widespread problem. "It's sadly quite similar to others we come across involving people with quite complex needs where, incredible as it may seem in this day and age, councils have simply failed to plan ahead.""
"The ombudsman, Anne Seex, finds that the council made only two offers of residential placements, one of which had no downstairs toilet that Ms Wright could access. The other placement had been unable to answer questions about how it would meet her therapy needs."