All your resources at your fingertips.Learn More
The Claimant could not challenge proposals to change the way advice services were provided prior to any decision being made. The Defendant council was not required to consult regarding the changes at the early stage of the proposals.
1 June 2012
(1) The Claimant, a Roma woman with multiple problems, had previously received support in relation to welfare benefits, housing and debt. The necessary funding was withdrawn in July 2011. The decision challenged is that of 17 November 2011 regarding the shape of advice services in Newham, in so far as it provided that future advice services would be provided by Council officers, and not include advice from the voluntary sector. A key aspect of the Claimant's challenge was that the Council had failed to comply with its public sector duties under section 149(1) of the Equality Act 2010. Further in this regard, the Claimant challenged the decision on the basis that there was a failure to take into account the potential advantages of commissioning external advice services.
To read the full case summary and to view the case transcript, you must subscribe to Jordans Public Law Online (if you already subscribe click here to log in).
To request a free trial click here and select Jordans Public Law online from the drop down menu.