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04 APR 2012

Hurley & Moore, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills [2012] EWHC 201 (Admin)

Education – Fees – University – Equality – Legitimacy

The decision to increase university fees was a legitimate decision made in pursuance of a justified objective. The Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills had failed to ensure it fully complied with its Public Sector Equality Duties, by undertaking an equality impact assessment focusing only on the decision to increase fees, rather than the full package of reforms.
17 February 2012
Administrative Court
Elias LJ; King J
(i) The Claimants were two students in the lower sixth form who wished to go to University. They sought judicial review of the decision to allow institutes of higher education to increase fees up to £9000 per year. Their grounds for challenge were that the decision to increase fees was:

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