Holding public bodies to account in decision-making *
A Borough Council announced a change in their funding stream from race equality to community cohesion. This would have meant the cessation of a complainant aid and immigration service. The Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council pointed out to the Council the issues their decision raised in respect of the Council’s duty to comply with the PSED. This resulted in mitigation of an increased offer of grant to resource both community cohesion activity and the complainant aid and immigration service.
An application for judicial review was made, alleging breach of the PSED when a primary care trust withdrew transport to access tertiary care. The trust quickly responded stating that the withdrawal of the service was an error, and it was promptly reinstated without the need for a full hearing.
* Source: Submission to the Review of the Public Sector Equality Duty, Call for Evidence [April 2013] : Discrimination Law Association