HILLINGDON Council have denied child services will suffer after they lost their High Court fight for fairer funding for court costs.
Many local authorities across the country also lent their weight to the case which began on October 23 after a 2,500 per cent increase in Judicial Care Proceedings court costs was imposed in May.
The costs could lead to a £100,000 short in Hillingdon based on last year's figures and it is feared child services could suffer as a result.
Councillor Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: "We felt we had a strong case, supported by the NSPCC and the Law Society, as by increasing the cost of these court proceedings, and not putting into place what we believe to be a fair allocation system for local authorities to meet these costs, some local authorities will be out of pocket and the extra costs will ultimately be met by local tax payers.
"In Hillingdon we are financially sound and able to meet the additional cost but this is money that should be spent on service improvements not covering shortfalls in Government funding.
"Hillingdon Council is committed to ensuring the safety of the children and young people of the borough and will not shy away from challenging central Government to meet the costs they impose on our residents.
"This is a disappointing result although we stand by our decision to take this action as it highlights our concerns about the way in which these costs were imposed on local authorities and ultimately the local tax payers."
The result is a blow for the Council who were hoping for some positive financial news with £20 million still missing as a result of the Icelandic banks collapse.