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Judicial review for proposed cuts to youth services.

April 25, 2012 8:14 PM

A teenager is seeking a judicial review in an attempt to stop a planned 71% funding cut to youth services. The boy, who has not been named, claims North Somerset Council breached the Equality Act by failing to take into account the special needs of those who use the youth groups. His claim alleges the council failed to consider matters including disability, sexual orientation and race.

The Conservative-controlled council claims the planned cuts are necessary. The authority wants to cut the youth services budget by 71% over four years. In February, councillors voted through cuts of £14.4m for the next financial year. The authority insists it will continue to provide targeted youth services.

Union members and young people have protested against the proposals.