Petition over council cuts to the disabled

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CAMPAIGNERS have presented a 10,000-strong petition over council cuts.

Don’t Cut Us Out campaigners from West Sussex are trying to reverse a decision by the county council to cut care support and benefits to the elderly and people with moderate learning disabilities.

The petition was presented to Cllr Peter Catchpole, the cabinet member responsible for adult services in West Sussex. The campaigners, mostly people with learning disabilities, have spent weeks trying to force a debate on the issue at the next full council meeting on May 13.

More than 2,000 disabled and elderly are expected to protest outside County Hall in Chichester.

They are seeking a judicial review into what they say was a badly-managed and legally-flawed public consultation process on the cuts in benefits to more than 4,500 people.

The cuts will secure net savings of £6.5m over the next two years and bring the council into line with 80 per cent of councils across the country who no longer provide funding for moderate care.