Cost saving

May 24th, 2017 by James Goudie KC

The Supreme Court has reaffirmed that whereas saving cost is “of course” a legitimate objective of public policy, budgetary considerations “cannot” justify discrimination. In other words, if a benefit is to be limited in order to save costs, it “must” be limited in a way that is neither directly nor indirectly discriminatory and is a proportionate means of fulfilling the legitimate objective: R (Coll) v SoS for Justice (2017) UKSC 40, at paragraphs 40 and 42, per Lady Hale, Deputy President.

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