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Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has now decided not to appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal in July this year. Sefton, which is the only metropolitan authority whose boundaries incorporate a seaside retirement area, has been refusing financial assistance with residential care fees to elderly people with assets above £1500, notwithstanding the £16,000 threshold in the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992, below which the regulations say that individuals are no longer liable for the full cost of their care

1 November 1997

Sefton

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has now decided not to appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal in July this year. Sefton, which is the only metropolitan authority whose boundaries incorporate a seaside retirement area, has been refusing financial assistance with residential care fees to elderly people with assets above £1500, notwithstanding the £16,000 threshold in the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992, below which the regulations say that individuals are no longer liable for the full cost of their care

The Court of Appeal ruled that this policy was unlawful, but Sefton stood its ground, pending its appeal to the House of Lords, and continued to stick to its own £1500 threshold. However a joint review of Sefton social services carried out by the Audit Commission and the Social Services inspectorate has highlighted misdirected resources and inadequate services.

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