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A local council’s policy of not allowing care workers to manually lift people meant that two adult disabled sisters had huge restrictions placed on them, like being left sitting in their wheelchairs for hours on end and not being able to bathe . The sisters’ parents challenged their council, arguing its blanket “no lift” policy failed to consider people’s different circumstances. The court backed the family, ordering the council to revisit its policy to strike a better balance between the human rights of the sisters and the rights of carers to a safe working environment. As a result, the council amended its code of practice to include the dignity and rights of those being lifted.