Soup kitchen wins the right to keep on serving meals to the most vulnerable

11.04.14 | |

The organisers of a popular soup kitchen fighting to save the service from being evicted from a town centre site won a significant legal battle as a High Court judge ruled that Waltham Forest Council’s decision to revoke their licence after 25 years was unlawful and must be quashed.  The Council had offered an alternative site several miles away, close to the North Circular road.  The organisers of the soup kitchen were not prepared to operate the kitchen at the alternative site because of fears over safety and the fact that most of the kitchen’s users would have been unable to afford public transport to get there.  Mrs Justice Simler DBE quashed the decision on the grounds that the Council had failed to comply with the public sector equality duty and in the process failed to have due regard to the needs of elderly and disabled users of the soup kitchen.  The organisers and users of the soup kitchen were represented by Jamie Burton.

 

The judgment is available here:

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