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Pensioner unlawfully deprived of cleaners

A wheelchair-bound pensioner has won a legal challenge to the withdrawal of her home cleaning services.

Kathleen McClean brought High Court proceedings against the Western Health and Social Care Trust over the withdrawal of its care provisions to her.

The 75-year-old has impaired mobility and limited social contact. The court heard she leads a solitary life, with her son and care assistants her only regular visitors.

She claimed the withdrawal of services was unlawful and led to her spending up to £48 a week on cleaning services.

In his judgment, Mr Justice McCloskey said: "It is clear from all the evidence that Mrs McClean is a proud and independent lady who wishes to preserve her independence, privacy and dignity for as long as possible."

Ruling in her favour, the judge said that withdrawing the services was unlawful and ordered that Mrs McClean should undergo fresh means-testing.

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