Free childcare

October 11th, 2018 by James Goudie KC

In R (T) v SoS for Education (2018) EWHC 2582 (Admin) three parents and their three children applied for judicial review of the policy of the SoS to grant additional free childcare to working parents, but deny it to lone parents unable to work. Lewis J held that the provision of an additional 15 hours of free childcare to the children of working parents did not breach ECHR Article 14 read with Article 8, despite a differential treatment between families where one parent worked and lone parents who were unable to work because they were carers or were the victims of domestic violence. The childcare policy was intended to enable parents to return to work, or work more hours. It was objectively justified.

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