“Too late” for councils to seek BSF review

A landmark ruling on the Building Schools for the Future programme does not help west London, says the judge.

Education secretary Michael Gove’s decision to axe BSF projects in six other local authorities was ruled unlawful in the High Court on the grounds that he failed to consult people, and the decision must now be reviewed on the schemes for the six councils involved in the action – Waltham Forest, Luton Borough Council, Nottingham City Council, Sandwell, Kent County Council and Newham.

However, the Judge in the case, Mr Justice Holman said that it was too late for other local authorities to take retrospective action against the cuts.

Cllr Ann John of LB Brent explained why Brent Council did not join the action, telling the Harrow Times: “We took the best advice at the time and we found that the councils that took legal action were much further down the line in terms of development and we were in a different position. But the decision is very interesting and we will look at it very carefully. ”

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