High Court victory does not mean the end of the battle for Nascot Lawn

PUBLISHED: 11:43 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:46 01 March 2018

David Josephs speaks with the Herts Advertiser about the importance of Nascot Lawn's support for his family. Picture: Danny Loo

David Josephs speaks with the Herts Advertiser about the importance of Nascot Lawn's support for his family. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Despite their success at the High Court, parents are still worried about the future of Nascot Lawn.

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG) has been ordered to consult with Herts County Council (HCC) on the future of the respite centre, but families are unsure what the results of the consultation will be.

Parent David Josephs said: “It’s a success in the campaign and I welcome it, but it’s not a victory. There is still a long way to go.”

If the two bodies cannot agree a course of action, HCC can refer the issue to the Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

In the meantime, Nascot Lawn will stay open until at least August.

David said: “I still have great concerns because HVCCG has significant financial problems.

“It all depends on these discussions, but I have no insight into how they may go, which is worrying.”

HVCCG will discuss the results of the consultation in May.

David wants to see more transparency from HVCCG on which of their services are costing them the most, as he says costs for Nascot Lawn have not increased in recent years.

More money ought to be found to secure Nascot Lawn’s future for longer, he believes.

The Nascot Lawn case was brought by families from Hemel Hempstead and Bushey, and represented by law firm Irwin Mitchell.

Partner at Irwin Mitchell Alex Rook said: “Ever since the CCG announced its intention to withdraw funding for Nascot Lawn the families have shown great strength and determination to fight this decision, not once but twice.

“Despite concerns having been raised numerous times about the legality of the decision, the CCG continued to press ahead with its plans, meaning the families had no alternative but to take their fight to the High Court.

“We have always argued on their behalf that the CCG and the local authority should work together to decide how they can continue to operate this vital community service and are delighted that the court has endorsed this view.

“The CCG has twice been told by the High Court following our submissions its actions were unlawful and the decision to withdraw funding from Nascot Lawn has been quashed for a second time. We only hope this time the CCG co-operates with the county council to ensure that Nascot Lawn stays open.”

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