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Care home has grant cut in sexuality row

Care home has grant cut in sexuality row
29th December 2008

A city council has cut the funding to a charity-run care home after it refused to reveal the sexual orientation of those which it cares for, it has been reported.

Brighton's local authority has withdrawn a £13,000 grant after a Pilgrim Homes project in the area, which cares for elderly Christians who come from missionary or ministry backgrounds, was said to demonstrate "institutional discrimination" after being unable to prove it was fair and diverse.

The money, which contributes to the cost of warden services at the care home, is partly verified by new equality laws which Brighton city council issues on behalf of the government.

People receiving medical and residential assistance at the facility were asked their sexual orientation by the authority, something which many of them found intrusive and irrelevant.

The company which runs the homes now plans to proceed with legal action against the council, which it counter-accuses of showing religious discrimination.

Pilgrim Homes was founded over 200 years ago, beginning its care for elderly Christians in 1807.

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