Benefits cap challenge – The appeal against the dismissal of the judicial review challenge to the benefits cap has been granted permission and is coming up for hearing shortly.

EU Treaty rights – There are two judicial review claims coming up to hearing in the North West concerning the eligibility to social care support of foreign national Zambrano carers. And as noted earlier in this Newsletter, the case of Saint Prix v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is pending before the ECJ, regarding the length of time off work which is compatible with a person retaining the status of “worker”.

Financial eligibility and P.I. trust funds – Permission has been granted and a substantive hearing is pending on a challenge to a local authority’s policy which takes into account a person’s personal injury trust fund capital when assessing their financial eligibility for care.

Social care on hospital admissions – There is a judicial review pending against the Yorkshire Hospital Trust’s policy of refusing to fund and provide 1:1 care needed by a disabled person when regularly admitted onto a hospital ward.