Unreasonable public expenditure

March 21st, 2011

The Upper Tribunal has reviewed the authorities about the meaning of public expenditure in section 9 of the Education Act 1996. In K v London Borough of Hillingdon (SEN) [2011] UKUT 71 (AAC), HHJ David Pearl confirmed that a local authority (and the Tribunal on appeal) is obliged to take account of the wider social and health benefits when it is considering whether the education of a child at an independent school (in accordance with parental wishes) would be incompatible with the avoidance of unreasonable public expenditure.  The judgment is available here: https://www.osscsc.gov.uk/Aspx/view.aspx?id=3201.

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