The leaders at Portsmouth City council were asked to donate Â£500 to a fun day event to raise money for the charity Help The Heroes, which looks after wounded soldiers back in this country.
But they initially turned down the grant because it argued their support may upset ethnic minorities who could have been traumatised by armed conflicts.
A rejection letter said the event “could cause offence to ethnic minority groups living in the community who may also have experience of injury/violence due to the war”.
The decision left Richard Chamberlain, 57, who had arranged the event with other residents in his block of flats “jumping up and down” with anger.
Poster of entire Portsmouth City Council