In recent years there have been an increased number of challenges to local authority decisions made under the pressure of increasingly tight and potentially unmanageable financial constraints. Many of these legal challenges have centred on alleged failures to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) together with alleged deficiencies in the consultation process. As financial pressures continue, and further cuts are required, this paper discusses the lessons to be learned from the cases so far, and offers practical tips for lawful decision-making in these difficult times. To read this paper, originally presented at 39 Essex Chambers local Government law conference, please click this link.
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