Swansea City Council defended its policy by saying those children affected were 'statistically insignificant'

The High Court has ruled that Swansea City Council acted unlawfully when making changes to its school transport policy, which claimants argued had discriminated against Catholic parents.

Mr Justice Wyn Williams, presiding judge of the Wales circuit, handed down his judgment following a special hearing of the Administrative Court in Swansea's Civil Justice Centre.

While the ruling is said to affect thousands of Swansea schoolchildren, lawyers also say the decision will have ramifications for the way local authorities throughout the UK arrange school transport to faith schools, particularly when considering austerity-driven service cuts.