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

Date
17 February 2012

Link to judgment
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2012/201.html

Discrimination grounds
Race, gender, disability

Summary of case
Secondary school pupils wishing to go to university challenged the Secretary of State’s decision to increase the maximum annual amount which universities were permitted to charge students.

Outcome
The Court concluded that although there had been equality impact assessments of the proposals and a partial compliance with the Duty the Secretary of State had failed to fully carry out his Equality Duties before implementing the 2010 regulations. Nevertheless the Court refused to quash the regulations as this would not be a proportionate remedy and would cause administrative chaos.