Did you read about the care home where elderly Christian residents who refused to answer ‘intrusive’ questions about their sexuality have been punished by having their council grant axed?
Brighton & Hove Council told the home to ask pensioners four times a year about their sexual orientation under its ‘fair access and diversity’ policies, which stem from New Labour equality laws. Council chiefs also accused the charity that runs the home of ‘institutional discrimination’, before cutting a £13,000 grant towards warden services. Phil Wainwright, director of human resources for Pilgrim Homes, said he was told by the council the home had to ask residents if they were lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual or ‘unsure’, even if they objected.
Many of the elderly rebelled, however, and the home wrote to the council saying residents did not want to participate. Mr Wainwright said: ‘There was a strong feeling among people in the home that the questions were inappropriate and intrusive. They felt they had come to Pilgrim Homes because of its Christian ethos and were upset they were not protected from such intrusions.’
So, in a fit of right-on pique the Council has axed the grant that the care home used to help fund warden services for these elderly folk. That’ll teach these frail old people to dare to hide their sexual preferences from the Council, right?