Scouts pay out 42,000 over autism claim

Image caption Ben Gleeson joined a cub scout group in Hertfordshire in 2015

An 11 -year-old boy has received PS42, 000 in compensation after his family said his cub scout group discriminated against him for having autism.

Ben Gleeson joined a group in Hertfordshire in 2015, but was later told he could not go to camps or take part in athletics without supervision.

His family sued the group – saying it amounted to a ban – and the dispute was resolved out of court last year.

The Scout Association said it had apologised and started an inquiry.

Ben joined the 10 th Harpenden Scout Group in January 2015, having previously been a member of the beavers.

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