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R v Social Security Secretary, ex parte Child Poverty Action Group

[1990] 2 QB 540

Case summary last updated at 08/01/2020 14:06 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case R v Social Security Secretary, ex parte Child Poverty Action Group

 P was a pressure group appealing the benefits decision of D based on the fact that questions should have been referred to a more senior officer. CA held that there was standing, though this was without hearing argument on the matter because D tried to say that it wasn’t advancing a defence based on standing. Woolf LJ rejected this approach because it goes to the jurisdiction of the court and if the court has to decide to grant P relief (not the case here, as it happens, because P lost) then it would also have to say that P had standing in the first place. NB no reasons given for saying that P had standing. 

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