Parent deputies find a legal defence to a charge after joint charging debacle

Parent deputies got a £2K bill for 2 yrs jointly funded past respite for this young man. DWP benefits had covered his share of household bills (reimbursed as necessaries) and items that were arguably DRE. Retrospective charging CAN be lawful, in certain case, BUT CASCAIDr flagged up that the agencies’ inability to trace any rationale for the old joint funding would stop the LA from recovering any more than 50% of the ‘arrears’ – and OTHER public law flaws in the council’s process would also complicate any action to recover even 50%!:

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