This paper provides an overview of recent caselaw regarding cuts to health and social care.

It has been difficult , over the last couple of years , to escape repetitive references to the need to cut public spending. Perhaps inevitably , the cuts have affected health and social care services , although in England the squeeze on local authority budgets has meant that social care has , so far , faced the pinch far more than the NHS. Carers , patients , and voluntary sector organisations have all felt the impact of these cuts , and are increasingly turning to the law in a bid to halt the worst effects. In this workshop we will look at how the Courts have dealt with such challenges in England over the last few years , by focussing on four cases , in four different contexts , which raise a number of key issues that can inform a discussion as to how such decisions can be challenged.