From ‘pillar to post’ – Nearly Legal

‘In a judgment of undisguised anger, Cobb J described the conduct of LB Tower Hamlets and LB Havering as “shameful” in the way in which they treated AM and his family. I haven’t come across Cobb J before but his judgment in AM v Tower Hamlets LBC and Havering LBC [2015] EWHC 1004 (Admin) is just about as good a judgment as I’ve read in a long time. The question was which authority should have “picked up” AM and his household, with children who were almost certainly in need under s.17, Children Act 1989.’

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Nearly Legal, 17th April 2015

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Rents and Equality. Barnet, again – Nearly Legal

‘It appears that Barnet Council (via the Mayor’s casting vote) are determined to carry on with their plan to raise rents for council tenants, new and existing, to 80% of market rent or top of LHA rates, whichever is lowest.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th April 2015

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R (on the application of SG and others ) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Supreme Court

R (on the application of SG and others ) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] UKSC 16 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 18th March 2015

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Beverley Allitt victim ordered to pay back benefits – BBC News

Posted April 7th, 2015 in benefits, compensation, news, social security by sally

‘A woman left brain damaged by killer nurse Beverley Allitt has been ordered to pay back £23,000 in benefits.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2015

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Half a million more people summoned to court over unpaid council tax, after benefits scrapped – The Independent

Posted April 7th, 2015 in benefits, council tax, crime, debts, news, social security by sally

‘Half a million more people were summoned to court last year over unpaid council tax, after benefits protecting low-income families from paying it were scrapped.’

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The Independent, 6th April 2015

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Benefit figures arising from cannabis plant confiscation – Park Square Barristers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in benefits, confiscation, drug offences, news, proceeds of crime by sally

‘Ascribing benefit figures to immature plants is an increasingly common feature of cannabis plant confiscation proceedings.’

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Park Square Barristers, 19th March 2015

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High Court finds council policy on disability living allowance and DHPs “unlawful” – Local Government Lawyer

‘ local authority’s policy of taking into account the care component of disability living allowance when assessing the amount of a discretionary house payment (DHPs) was unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st March 2015

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Discretionary Housing Payments – the trouble with DLA – Nearly Legal

‘Oh, we have been waiting for this one. According to DWP survey evidence, some 75% of Councils take Disability Living Allowance into account as income when deciding on an award of Discretionary Housing Payments. This judicial review concerned Sandwell Council’s policy of doing just that. The implications are clearly of significance for other councils, and will potentially impact many disabled people faced with the bedroom tax.’

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Nearly Legal, 30th March 2015

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R (on the application of SG and others (previously JS and others)) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Respondent) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of SG and others (previously JS and others)) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Respondent) [2015] UKSC 16 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 18th March 2015

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Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing 2015 – Family Law Week

Posted March 24th, 2015 in benefits, budgets, families, news, social security, tax avoidance, taxation by sally

‘Jan Ellis, chartered accountant, of Ellis Foster LLP, a firm which specialises in advising family lawyers on tax-related family law issues, explains the budget changes of most relevance to family lawyers.’

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Family Law Week, 18th March 2015

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Revisiting divorce settlements – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The case of Stephen and Ellen Debruin, recently the subject of an application for leave to appeal by Mr Debruin, reopens the argument about whether the current wide discretion of judges in our divorce laws results in consistent and fair results.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd March 2015

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Supreme Court splits the baby over the benefit cap – Mike Spencer – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R(on the application of SG and others (previously JS and others)) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] UKSC 16. The Supreme Court was sharply divided yesterday over whether the benefit cap breaches the Human Rights Act.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th March 2015

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Supreme Court quashes council decision over offer of housing 50 miles away – Local government Lawyer

Posted March 20th, 2015 in appeals, benefits, homelessness, housing, local government, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously upheld an appeal by a homeless mother of five over a London borough’s offer of accommodation 50 miles away near Milton Keynes.
The Court heard oral submissions in Nzolameso v City of Westminster earlier this month (17 March). It has now quashed Westminster City Council’s decision that it had properly discharged its duty to secure accommodation available for occupation by the appellant.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th March 2015

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UK benefit cap is lawful, supreme court rules – The Guardian

‘The supreme court has ruled that the government’s benefit cap, which limits unemployed claimants to £500 a week in total welfare payments, is lawful.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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Supreme court to decide whether UK benefits cap is unlawful – The Guardian

‘The Supreme court will decide on Wednesday if a cornerstone of the coalition government’s benefits policy is unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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Golf champ Alan Bannister jailed for £26,000 benefit fraud – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2015 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A champion golfer who claimed £26,000 in benefits saying he was too ill to walk but played the sport regularly has been jailed for six months.’

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BBC News, 12th March 2015

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Backdating welfare benefits payments to those recognised as refugees in the UK – Free Movement

Posted March 12th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, benefits, news, refugees, social security, tribunals by sally

‘In Blakesley v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 141 the Court of Appeal considered whether the UK Government is in breach of its international obligations towards refugees because of the lack of any provision to make back-payments of welfare benefits to those asylum seekers who, upon inquiry, are found to be refugees.’

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Free Movement, 12th March 2015

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Disabled adult wins High Court battle with council over charges for services – Local Government Lawyer

‘A disabled adult has successfully challenged in the High Court aspects of a county council’s policy on charging for adult non-accommodation services.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th March 2015

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Blakesley v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – WLR Daily

Blakesley v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 141; [2015] WLR (D) 96

‘The Government was not obliged to make lump sum payments to successful applicants for asylum representing the difference between the support they received while their application was being processed and mainstream benefits.’

WLR Daily, 26th February 2015

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Benefits to be withdrawn from EEA jobseekers previously unaffected by the January 2014 changes – Free Movement

Posted February 25th, 2015 in benefits, employment, immigration, news, social security by sally

‘In January 2014, the Government introduced a number of measures aimed at restricting EEA migrants’ access to income-based JSA. A key change was the introduction of a statutory presumption that entitlement to income-based JSA (‘JSA(IB)’) would be limited to a period of three months (or six months for EEA nationals with retained worker status) unless the jobseeker could pass a Genuine Prospect of Work (GPoW) assessment.’

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Free Movement, 24th February 2015

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