R (on the application of Cunningham) v Hertfordshire County Council

Local authority – Statutory powers. The claimant sought judicial review of the defendant local authority's failure to provide her with support in her care of a looked after child, namely, her grandson. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the claimant had failed to establish that, at any material time, the authority had acted unlawfully in determining that the child had been a child in need who had required accommodation. The authority had not facilitated the purely voluntary arrangement in any way and it had not been due to its exercise of statutory power or duty.

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