We were disappointed with Surrey County Council’s response that it is “pleased” with the judgment that it acted “unlawfully” and that it fell “substantially short” of what is required by the law.
We are also concerned that SCC wishes to dismiss the legal claim as a “technical” challenge. A local authority’s public sector equalities duty (PSED) should be central to its decision-making, not treated as a peripheral concern or considered as a technicality to be waved away.
We have, therefore, written an open letter to SCC’s CEO, David McNulty, spelling out SLAM’s position regarding Mr Justice Wilkie’s judgment and what actions we would expect SCC to take in order for it to show “due regard” to its equalities duty and to make good its “substantial” shortcomings.
We attach the letter below