A spokesperson for the learning disabled claimants said: “We are obviously very disappointed at today’s decision in the High Court however feel this is only a  temporary set-back in the midst of growing political and personal support.”

“It is a great pity that our community has had to endure months of stress and uncertainty as we have fought to preserve the ideal of a non-segregational way of living which, we feel, Camphill Village Trust is determined to discard.”

“We believe they have the right to a family life like any other citizen and will continue to campaign and appeal this decision and fight the apartheid being artificially imposed upon us.”

“CVT’s stated reasons for making the changes seem to alter regularly.  They have stated it is because of an increasingly rigorous regulatory and legal climate surrounding looking after the learning disabled – whereas previously it was because of the changed nature of the relationship between the Co-workers and the charity.  A change CVT engineered  by altering working practices on the ground so as to create a hierarchical management structure which is contrary to its own prescribed ethos.”

“We very much welcome CVT’s stated commitment to ensuring that all those at Botton – including those members of the community who have battled hard for so long against the new regime – will have a closer role in shaping future life at Botton. Nevertheless we find it unlikely as it was previously volunteered by CVT in early December 2015 however nothing has happened over at least five months.”

The spokesperson also confirmed that a separate case before the Chancery Division of the High Court was currently unaffected by today’s decision. 

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