Since the economic collapse of 2008, successive governments have slashed national and local budgets for vital services. Economic crisis has been used as an excuse to roll back social and community provision.

Decisions made by public authorities can be challenged in the High Court by way of judicial review.

In the past the courts have been unwilling to hear anti-austerity challenges. However, judges are increasingly willing to hold local and national government to account around this issue. Their powers have been strengthened by the introduction of the Human Rights Act, which prohibits public authorities from breaching fundamental rights.

If your community is faced with the closure of schools, libraries or other vital facilities, you may be able to make judicial review part of your campaigning strategy.