Case Law Update 39 – Hollow v Surrey – Unsuccessful challenge to local authority budget which included savings on SEND provision

This is part of our case law series reviewing judgements relating to the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Each review looks at a specific case and explains the potential implications for parents, local authorities and sector practitioners. The reviews have been produced for us by Barrister Steve Broach.

In this update, the court ruled that there was nothing unlawful about the decision by Surrey council to set a budget which provided for significant savings in expenditure on SEND services. The savings were not set in stone and the council could not know what the impact of cuts might be or consult upon them as at the time the decision was taken, no cuts had been decided upon.