R (on the application of Clarke) v Sutton London Borough Council

Local authority – Social services. The claimant, who suffered from severe epilepsy, and had a number of mental health and behavioural difficulties, sought judicial review of the defendant local authority's decision not to continue to fund his present specialist placement and its assessment of his needs. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that the authority's assessment demonstrated a failure to understand and address the claimant's medical and support needs. Further, its decision had amounted to an unlawful interference with the claimant's rights to respect for home and private life.

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