The Act obliged a local education authority to provide education for children too ill to attend school. The claimant suffered from ME, and received only five hours support, which the authority proposed to reduce in order to save money. The parents sought judicial review of the authority’s decision, saying they had taken an improper purpose into account, namely the need to save money.
Held: The duty to assist was not qualified under the Act, and the case of Barry was dissimilar. The decision to reduce support was set aside.
Lord Browne-Wilkinson, Lord Slynn of Hadley, Lord Nolan, Lord Steyn, Lord Hutton
 UKHL 20
England and Wales
Cited – Regina v Gloucestershire County Council and Another, Ex Parte Barry HL 21-Mar-1997
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Education, Local Government
Updated: 31 May 2022; Ref: scu.158952