Funder may face a judicial review

A London charity that has received Arts Council England funding for the past 15 years has threatened to seek a judicial review to challenge the council's decision to stop providing the grant.

Watermans, a Brentford-based arts charity, has written to the council claiming that the decision to cut its funding of £500,000 a year was "flawed and illegal" because the council did not follow its own procedures and relied on inaccurate evidence.

The council, which stands by its decision, missed the 28 March deadline to respond to the letter, but has requested an extension.

Selman Ansari, a barrister at Bates Wells & Braithwaite, the law firm representing the charity, said: "The responses we gave to their points have a lot of force and we want a fair crack of the whip in explaining ourselves."

A spokeswoman for the Arts Council said: "We stand by our decision not to renew Watermans' funding, and will strongly defend our position in the event of a court case."

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