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APPLICATION FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW LODGED AGAINST SALFORD COUNCIL IN FIGHT TO SAVE DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME
 

Star date: 3rd November 2017

FIGHT TO SAVE THE GRANGE CONTINUES WITH JUDICIAL REVIEW APPLICATION

The fight to 'Save The Grange', the city's last remaining residential care home for severely disabled children, continues as specialist lawyers have issued an application for a judicial review against Salford City Council.

The decision to shut The Grange, made by Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has been followed by a consultation on cutting transport for Special Education Needs children and young people, as the most vulnerable citizens in Salford continue to be targeted.

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Save The Grange Salford Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett
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Specialist lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have been instructed by the family of a severely disabled Salford teenager, Rachel Barton, to issue an application for a judicial review against Salford City Council in the continuing fight to Save The Grange, the city's only residential care home for severely disabled children.

16 year old Rachel, who has autism and severe learning disabilities, as well as a range of other complex needs including epilepsy and tuberous sclerosis, has been a resident at The Grange since summer 2014.

"The staff at The Grange have been fantastic with Rachel, providing the best possible care" says her mum, Rebecca Howarth, from Swinton " Rachel is extremely happy there and is doing really well.

"If The Grange closed she would have to move out of Salford, move school and be away from her family" she explains "This would be devastating for her and all her family. The move would really set her back. No figure should be put on providing the best possible care for a severely disabled child and their happiness and development.

"It is disappointing that after being urged to reconsider its actions, Salford Council has shown no sign of being willing to do so" she adds "The actions taken by Irwin Mitchell show that we are not taking the Council's decision lying down and I continue to implore the Council to change its mind."

Over 3,000 people signed a petition to Save The Grange in a long running campaign supported by Salford Red Devils players and Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham.

When Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, made the decision to shut the residential care home in August there were shouts of 'traitor' and 'shame' aimed at the Jeremy Corbyn supporter (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

The decision to axe The Grange was followed this week by potential cuts to transport for nursery and college goers with special education needs, or SEN, despite Deputy Mayor, John Merry, promising parents a year ago that "There are no proposals to change people's arrangements" (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

Commenting on the application for a judicial review to stop The Grange closure, Mathieu Culverhouse, a specialist lawyer for Irwin Mitchell, says: "The Grange provides a vital lifeline for the children and their parents. The upheaval of forcing the children to move to a new home suitable to treat their complex needs will have a massive impact on their lives. The parents have asked the Council not to disrupt their children's care arrangements.

"We argue that the Council failed to carry out a proper public consultation into the proposals, has not conducted a full assessment of how the current residents will be affected and has failed to identify appropriate homes, within or outside Salford, where children could be sent" he explains.

"We had previously written to the Council urging it to reconsider its decision or potentially face a judicial review into the decision in the High Court" he adds "Unfortunately the Council has not shown that it's willing to reconsider its decision, and so we have issued our application for a judicial review."


For a full background see previous Salford Star articles on The Grange – click here and click here

life is loud wrote
at 2:59:57 AM on Sunday, November 5, 2017
Privatise it like everything else
 
Mirror on the Wall wrote
at 5:53:44 AM on Saturday, November 4, 2017
Page 12 did you mean the previous day's Mirror? http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/how-city-tackling-poverty-giving-11457050
 
page 12 daily mirror today 3/11/17 wrote
at 12:06:18 AM on Saturday, November 4, 2017
Look at todays Mirror.Page 12. Just look. Is this the same Salford they are talking about.It just shows you all how much out of touch the London politically correct anti Tory leftys are with the hardship ordinary working people have to put up with under our council.Can someone please tell these at the Mirror what Salford is really like. Better still why don,t we ask em to come up here and see for themselves.
 
Dave wrote
at 12:06:14 AM on Saturday, November 4, 2017
Best wishes and good luck to Rebecca and her team. The one thing I know about these judicial review things is that they are very very expensive. Salford council settled one of these about 3 weeks before our last mayor, Stewart, was elected in 2012.It cost a fortune, but you will never find out how much, because Salford Council agreed with the other side in the dispute, to keep it all secret as part of the settlement. I would love to know how much this one will cost.I bet I never will though. when its settled it will all be secret.
 
Linny loo wrote
at 12:05:49 AM on Saturday, November 4, 2017
Here we go again the untouchables Mayor and Councillors who cannot work out another way to save the services to the most vulnerable so they close and cut services. The problem with local government nobody takes full responsibility for the decisions they make. Spend our money anyway they want cut and close services cut jobs when will it all stop? Nobody seems to be prepared to oppose them.
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 1:15:14 PM on Friday, November 3, 2017
Good luck to Rebecca with her court case. The closure of the Grange is a shameful episode in Salford Labour's recent history, and raises the question of whether there is any real difference between Ian Stewart and Paul Dennett given their shared acceptance of government cuts and readiness to make the vulnerable suffer. Further evidence comes from the proposed 'consultation' about school transport for disabled children, despite recent assurances it would continue.
 
Felse 4 Facts wrote
at 1:14:56 PM on Friday, November 3, 2017
We need the facts. Salford Council must listen and give them answers.
 
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