Public law / local government news

March 05, 2021 Joshua Swirsky acts for local authority whose criminal investigation into person who lied to obtain s.17 Children Act support found to be lawful

The case reaffirms the right of a local authority in most circumstances to carry out an investigation before deciding whether to start a prosecution under s222 of the Local Government Act 1972. For claimants, the case stresses the need to show they have some identifiable interest in the remedy sought to have standing to bring judicial review proceedings.

January 26, 2021 Age assessments under the Children Act 1989 (HJ (by her litigation friend) v Croydon LBC)

Tony Harrop-Griffiths reviews this High Court case in which he represented Croydon LBC. The case considered whether a local authority has to assess a person’s needs under the Children Act 1989 when another local authority has found them to be an adult. This case raised issues about which authority should be responsible for the age and needs assessment process (and for providing any support in the meantime) when the person concerned has moved from one authority’s area to another.