MG&Co has been instructed in a challenge to the Free School Meals eligibility criteria which means children in very low income families whose parents cannot claim welfare benefits because of their immigration status are not entitled to FSM. Our judicial review pre-action letter argues that the...

A leading anti-racist advocacy and campaigning charity, The Monitoring Group, will challenge Boris Johnson’ decision to appoint Dr Tony Sewell as Chair of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (CRED). The group has instructed senior solicitor Chez Cotton of civil rights firm Matthew Gold...

On 10 July, following another threat of judicial review, the Government confirmed that the maximum earnings threshold for free school meals for children from families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) would be increased from £16,190 per year to £31,500 to families within London...

On 28 May 2020, following our threat of judicial review, the Government confirmed that the maximum earnings threshold for free school meals for children from families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) would be increased from £7,400 to £16,190 per year. For more information...

Following our previous threat of judicial review last month (read here), the Government agreed to extend Free School Meals to certain families with no recourse to public funds, including those who are permitted to work. However, the Government applied an earnings threshold for eligibility which...

MG&Co has issued proceedings challenging our client’s exclusion from the early years nursery scheme. In 2014 the government announced funding for a ‘fairness premium’ which entitled all disadvantaged 2-year-olds to 15 hours per week of free pre-school education. The scheme aimed  to narrow the gap in...

Matthew Gold and Company solicitors has launched a legal challenge against the continued exclusion of many children from low-income families, including the children of key workers, from the Free School Meals scheme. Following a previous threat of judicial review (read here), the Government extended Free School...

In response to MG&Co’s letter threatening judicial review on behalf of six children, the Secretary of State for Education has agreed to extend free school meal entitlement during the current Covid-19 crisis. The original eligibility criteria required parents to be claiming certain welfare benefits. It therefore...

The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson announced that “no child should go hungry as a result of measures introduced to keep people at home”. To meet that aim the government issued guidance providing that schools should continue to provide meals or vouchers for eligible children whilst...

Background We recently acted for a vulnerable young adult who had been assessed by his local authority as having adoption support needs and required psycho-therapy as a result. His local authority made an application to the Adoption Support Fund (“ASF”), a scheme run by the Department for...

Justine Pierce’s son has attention deficit disorder and is on the autism spectrum. As a result he is too anxious to go to his mainstream school. Despite Justine having explained her son’s difficulties, the Council have instigated a prosecution against her for her son’s non-attendance before...