R (on the application of West and others) v Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council

Education – Local education authority. The defendant local authority decided to reduce the provision of nursery education from full-time to 15 hours per week. The claimants sought judicial review of the decision. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that the authority had failed to have due regard to its statutory obligations under s 118 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, s 22 of the Childcare Act 2006 and ss 17 and 18 of the Children Act 1989. The authority had not been referred to its statutory duties in reaching the decision and, therefore, had not been provided with a framework in which to consider and properly address the issues.

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