Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


  • Comment
A local authority has been ordered by two of the country's top family judges to spend virtually the whole of its re...
A local authority has been ordered by two of the country's top family judges to spend virtually the whole of its remaining annual budget of£71,000 on funding a six to
eight week specialist hospital residential assessment of a family from its area.
Family division president Elizabeth Butler-Sloss and Lord Justice Thorpe have overturned an earlier court ruling that the authority, which for legal reasons cannot be identified, need not pay for the family to receive the residential assessment - estimated at costing between£54,000 and 69,000 - at the Cassel Hospital, Richmond.
Medical experts have recommended that in view of the complex problems faced by family - the parents and three children - the unique therapeutic assessment offered at Cassel, recognised as the foremost centre for this sort of treatment, should be made available to them. The aim of the assessment is to teach the parents, who come from the south of England, parenting skills.
However, the council argued that it was unreasonable for a court to impose an obligation on a unitary authority to meet such a bill from its limited budget. It claimed it would absorb virtually all the uncommitted money in its children and family services budget.
In the court of appeal though Dame Elizabeth and Lord Jusice Thorpe ruled that the wider responsibility of the local authority had to be weighed against the benefits to the children of such an assessment.
They ruled that the authority had failed to show that a direction for residential assessment constituted disproportionate expenditure on a single family and allowed an appeal against the earlier decision that the council need not fund the assessment.
  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs