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Appeal granted over North Somerset youth cuts plan

  • 16 January 2013
  • From the section Bristol
Young people protest over planned cuts to youth services
Union members and young people have protested against the proposals

A 21-year-old man has been given permission to appeal against a High Court ruling which refused to halt cuts to youth clubs.

North Somerset councillors voted last February for £14.4m of cuts for the next financial year.

Aaron Hunt launched a legal challenge claiming the council had breached the Equality Act, but it was dismissed at the High Court in July.

Now an appeal has been granted, a full hearing will follow later in the year.

At the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Toulson agreed that all of the appeal points raised by Mr Hunt should be considered at a full hearing.

These included asking the authority and court not to assume councillors had read critical equalities documentation, and that the council needed to consider the impact on specific groups.

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "This is part of a legal process and we will be defending our decision when the matter is heard."

Mr Hunt suffers from learning difficulties and has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

He used to attend the Weston Youth Club on the Bourneville Estate but, since the changes, he now attends the youth club at Oldmixon.

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