Youth cuts High Court hearing today

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 June 2012 | UPDATED: 08:52 13 June 2012

Aaron Hunt with his mum Alison.

Aaron Hunt with his mum Alison.

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A HIGH Court judge will today (Weds) determine the legality of the council's youth cuts.

Aaron Hunt launched his bid after saying North Somerset Council’s youth services changes failed to take the special needs of service users into account.

Later today a High Court judge will hear Mr Hunt’s case in Cardiff.

If the judge rules in favour of Mr Hunt, with the results expected in early or mid July, the authority could be forced to reconsider the cuts, which have seen it reduce its youth services budget by 71 per cent.

Mr Hunt has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and used to attend a youth club at the For All Healthy Living Centre in the Bournville Estate in Weston.

The cuts have seen the club reconfigured, with 21-year-old Mr Hunt, of Westfield Road, Banwell, saying the changes have ‘ripped apart’ his ‘family’ of friends.

The challenge, which is being handled by Public Interest Lawyers (PIL), says North Somerset’s decision to cut the youth service was reached without fully consulting youth service users while due consideration was not given to vulnerable users who are protected by the Equality Act 2010.

Mr Hunt and his mother Alison launched the bid in April, with permission granted for it to be heard by the High Court last month.

On Monday Mr Justice Wyn Williams decided to hold the hearing today at the Administrative Centre in Cardiff.

If the judge decides against the council, the cuts could be ruled as unlawful, while PIL has also applied for the cuts to be overturned.

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