Case No: C0/219/2013
29 April 2013
Link to judgment
Summary of case
The Claimant, a resident of the London Borough of Barnet, was seriously disabled and dependent on Council services. The Claimant challenged the Council’s decision to outsource to private sector organisations a high proportion of its functions and services as she considered that this would lead to a significant deterioration in the Council’s services.
The Claimant advanced three grounds of challenge, one of them being that the Council was acting in breach of the Equality duty: The Council was said to have failed in reaching the decisions to have due regard to its equality duty.
Barnet Council’s outsourcing of services to the private sector was lawful: adequate consultation was carried out, they had had due regard to the Equality duty and the fiduciary duty was not breached. Permission to bring judicial review was refused