An appeal I have been working on this week involves a longstanding (regional) dispute about the criteria for level 2, Family Help (Public Law) claims. Its been going on for over 2 years, we have won the point every time it has gone to appeal and yet the LAA continue to misapply contract – I think deliberately.

Contrast this to a response, from another region late on yesterday, with this headline comment:

“Simon Pottinger was correct”

Now I, obviously believe this to be a permanent state rather than a one-off occurrence, but there you go.

Most heartening however was an indication that this was to be “shared with the wider team” – not that I was correct sadly, but so that the substantive misunderstanding is not repeated. Now that is the correct thing to do.

We are sharing this anonymously to guard against any possible disciplinary reaction.

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