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LOCAL AUTHORITY: R (M) v Lambeth London Borough Council; R (A) v Croydon London Borough Council [2008] EWHC 1364 (Admin)
Date:25 JUN 2008

(Queen's Bench Division, Administrative Court; Bennett J; 20 June 2008)

The right to be provided with accommodation, as a child in need, under Children Act 1989, s 20, was not a civil right within European Convention on Human Rights, Art 6(1), not least because s 20 required the local authority to make a series of evaluative judgments, including a decision as to whether a person was under the age of 18. The age determinations of each claimant by the respective local authorities had not been contrary to Art 6, which was not engaged.