R (on the application of BC) v Birmingham City Council

Local authority – Statutory powers. The Administrative Court, in allowing the claimant's application for judicial review, quashed the defendant local authority's decision that her son was not a child in need within its area, within the meaning of s 17 of the Children Act 1989. The authority had been wrong in law to take the view that the son's claim should have been made to another authority, which had caused it to fail to make sufficiently diligent enquiries into the availability and suitability of accommodation.

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