Teenager’s payout for poor service

An 18 year old has received thousands of pounds from Stoke Council
after he sued them over its alleged failure to provide for his

Lawyers for Marc Weaver, who has Asperger’s syndrome, argued that
the council had “grievously” failed to meet its duty to secure him
long-term accommodation or draw up an adequate plan to prepare him
for independent living.

The boy was placed at an emergency care home in South Devon while
he waited more than 20 months for suitable accommodation in

Weaver’s lawyers also sued the council for compensation under the
Human Rights Act 1998 for the alleged delay and distress he

At London’s High Court last week the council promised to prepare a
detailed care plan within 56 days.

Stoke agreed to make the payment without any admission of liability
and on the understanding that Weaver cannot reveal the amount of
his payout to anyone outside of his family.

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