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Judicial review bid granted over North Somerset youth cuts

Young people protest over planned cuts to youth services
Image caption Union members and young people have protested against the proposals

A man has had his bid for a judicial review into a council's plans to cut youth services in Somerset granted.

North Somerset Council wants to cut funding by more than 70%, the legality of which a court will now rule on.

Aaron Hunt, 21, claims North Somerset Council breached the Equality Act by failing to consider matters of 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.

The full judicial review is to be held within the next five weeks.

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