Council admits failure to consider community impact when licensing Spearmint Rhino

Equality campaigners in Sheffield have succeeded in forcing a local council to admit that it failed to consider the impact on the community when it licensed a strip club, paving the way for activists across the country to challenge similar venues.

In a judicial review in Leeds high court, campaigners argued the council had only considered the impact on women and gender equality at the branch of Spearmint Rhino, and had failed in its legal obligation to consider the impact on the wider community – the so-called public sector equality duty.

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