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...

We at Matthew Gold & Company Ltd want to do everything we can to protect the health of the public and our staff, while maintaining services to our clients.  For this reason, we have changed our working practices to comply with Government guidelines in light...

The Maughan hearing will be live-streamed from court room 2, you can access the broadcast from here: https://www.supremecourt.uk/live/court-02.html Key information On 26 and 27 February 2020 the Supreme Court will decide what is the standard of proof for finding a short form and narrative conclusion of suicide. The...

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...

Secretary of State for Education extends eligibility for free nursery places for 2 year olds in No Recourse to Public Funds ('NRPF') households following successful judicial review challenge Background In 2014 the government introduced an entitlement to free early education places for two years olds from low-income...

Following a claim for judicial review the Secretary of State for Education has confirmed that many more 2-year-olds from the poorest families will be entitled to a free nursery place. In 2014 the government announced funding for a ‘fairness premium’ which entitled all disadvantaged 2-year-olds to...