DISABLED Glaswegians are being discriminated against by the city council, according to a top lawyer who intends to argue his case in the UK Supreme Court.

Disabled people in the city have to pay £30 per week of their social security income to the council to cover the costs of non-residential social care, which is not the case in England and Wales.

Mike Dailly, writing exclusively in today’s Glasgow Times, revealed he is planning to take the case of his client Mr McCue, a young man with Down’s Syndrome from the South Side to the UK’s highest court.

Disabled people incur more costs than able-bodied people in the course of going about everyday life but Glasgow city council has been backed by the Inner House of the Scottish Court of Session to only cover disability related expenditure (DRE) which is incurred in meeting their “assessed needs” - which are determined by the council.

In England, councils must recognise cost incurred associated with disability “wherever and whenever they arise”, including bringing carers to activities or on holiday.

Mr Dailly said that this “restrictive interpretation” of DRE was now binding law in Scotland after the Court of Session ruled in favour with the council earlier this year. This is “out of kilter” with the rest of the UK, he wrote.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow city council said the council would not comment on a live case.

After the highest court in Scotland sided with Glasgow city council on its policy, Mr Dailly will take his client’s case to the UK Supreme Court to argue that “disabled persons are treated less favourably in Scotland than the rest of the UK”.

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