Judicial review sought over West Sussex County Council’s proposed cuts

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MORE than 1,200 protesters failed to get councillors to change their mind on cuts to adult social services.

The Don’t Cut Us Out campaign had forced West Sussex County Council to review plans to cut £6.5m from the budget and hundreds protested outside the county offices in Chichester on Friday.

Even the Church of England bishops of Chichester and Horsham and the Catholic bishop of Arundel and Brighton urged councillors in a letter to look at alternatives to the cuts, but councillors refused to overturn their initial decision.

Barry Pickthall, one of the campaigners, said: ‘We were disappointed but did not expect anything else.

‘They have not listened to us or consulted properly from the beginning.’

Mr Pickthall said they would now push on with seeking a judicial review of the cuts.

They are being aided by human rights law firm Bindmans.

A judge is expected to rule on whether there is a case to answer by the end of June.