Homelessness application: Interim relief, suitability and housing benefit – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 11th, 2020 in benefits, homelessness, housing, judicial review, local government, news by tracey

‘Clare Cullen considers a recent High Court decision to adjourn a case considering the suitability of interim accommodation where further information was required.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 11th September 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Disabled homeless man wins ‘no DSS’ case against estate agency – The Guardian

‘A homeless father of four with disabilities who was refused the chance to rent a private flat because he fell foul of the estate agents’ “no DSS” rules was unlawfully discriminated against, a court has ruled.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 9th September 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Government spends £120m in taxpayer money fighting disability benefit claims in two years, figures show – The Independent

Posted September 2nd, 2020 in appeals, benefits, disabled persons, government departments, news, statistics, tribunals by tracey

‘The government has spent more than £120m in taxpayers’ money fighting disability benefit claims in the last two years – despite losing three-quarters of tribunal appeals, The Independent can reveal.’

Full Story

The Independent, 1st September 2020

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Benefit claimants face landlord discrimination despite ruling – BBC News

‘Thousands of landlords are trying to avoid renting their properties to benefit claimants, despite a judge ruling a blanket ban was unlawful.’

Full Story

BBC News, 28th August 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Suitability, affordability and benefit claims – Nearly Legal

‘A interim judicial review decision from May, but judgment just out. The issue was the suitability of temporary accommodation under section 188 Housing Act 1996 (judicial review necessary, as no s.202 review option on s.188 accommodation).’

Full Story

Nearly Legal, 23rd August 2020

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

Landlords in England ignoring ‘no DSS’ ban, claim private renters – The Guardian

Posted August 3rd, 2020 in benefits, charities, housing, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘Hundreds of private renters in England in receipt of benefits are still struggling to secure accommodation despite a landmark ruling saying that landlords are not allowed to discriminate against this group.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 2nd August 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

No recourse to public funds; no recourse to dignity – 1MCB

Posted July 30th, 2020 in benefits, children, human rights, immigration, news by sally

‘Geeta Koska recently published a blog on the future impact on the protection of children’s welfare of the High Court’s decision in R (W, A Child By His Litigation Friend J) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department & Another [2020] EWHC 1299 (Admin). The blog was published in “Children and Young People Now”.’

Full Story

1MCB, July 2020

Source: 1mcb.com

Unfit for work? Fair trial rights means benefit pending review – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2020 in appeals, benefits, disabled persons, employment, human rights, news by sally

‘Mr Connor, a litigant in person, yesterday persuaded the High Court to strike down a benefit review rule as a breach of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.’

Full Story

Doughty Street Chambers, 25th July 2020

Source: insights.doughtystreet.co.uk

DWP to increase support for vulnerable claimants after series of suicides – The Guardian

‘The Department for Work and Pensions is to overhaul its safeguarding systems following a series of high-profile failures in which mentally ill claimants took their own lives after having their benefits cut off by welfare officials.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 22nd July 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Universal Credit: Mum wins High Court fight against DWP – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2020 in benefits, employment, government departments, news, remuneration by sally

‘A single working mother has won a High Court challenge against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over “irrational” universal credit rules.’

Full Story

BBC News, 20th July 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Data shows 900 women in UK affected by benefit cap ‘rape clause’ – The Guardian

‘Official figures show 900 women were forced to disclose that their child was conceived as a result of rape to claim social security help under the government’s two-child cap on benefits.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 17th July 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Claimant with Down Syndrome secures permission for judicial review of charging policy of county council – Local Government Lawyer

‘A 24-year-old woman with Down Syndrome has been granted permission for a judicial review challenge of Norfolk County Council’s policy of charging people for essential care and support.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 14th July 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Discrimination and ‘No DSS’ – Nearly Legal

‘As we have seen before, Shelter have been supporting discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010 against letting agents who operate a ‘No DSS’ policy (meaning a refusal to even consider people claiming housing related benefits – who are often employed – as applicants for tenancies. The DSS ceased to exist in 2001, which suggests how longstanding this issue is). These claims all settled out of court. Now a claim has gone to judgment.’

Full Story

Nearly Legal, 14th July 2020

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

‘No DSS’ letting bans ‘ruled unlawful’ by court – BBC News

‘A judge has ruled that blanket bans on renting properties to people on housing benefit are unlawful and discriminatory. The “momentous” court ruling found a single mother-of-two had experienced indirect discrimination when a letting agent refused to rent to her.’

Full Story

BBC News, 14th July 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

London councils call on government to suspend NRPF immigration status – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2020 in benefits, coronavirus, homelessness, immigration, local government, London, news by sally

‘London councils have called on the government to suspend the controversial “no recourse to public funds” (NRPF) immigration status during the coronavirus pandemic to prevent a rise in homelessness.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 8th July 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

The Digitisation of Welfare and Irrationality Review: SSWP v Johnson – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘In Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Johnson & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 778, the England & Wales Court of Appeal took the uncommon step of holding an executive decision unlawful for Wednesbury irrationality. Johnson highlights that irrationality is not merely a desperate ground of last resort for judicial review applicants. The case is also an important illustration of how substantive review may be relied upon by those affected by the digitisation of welfare.’

Full Story

Oxford Human Rights Hub, 30th June 2020

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

Home Office increases support for trafficking victims after lawyers argue rates are ‘discriminatory’ – The Independent

‘The Home Office has increased support for suspected modern slavery victims after facing a legal challenge claimed the current levels were discriminatory and left vulnerable mothers unable to afford basic essentials.’

Full Story

The Independent, 1st July 2020

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Universal credit rules irrational and unlawful, judge says – The Guardian

‘Four single mothers have secured a victory over the government after the appeal court ruled that rigid universal credit payment rules that leave tens of thousands of working benefit claimants out of pocket were irrational and unlawful.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 22nd June 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Councils call for suspension of No Recourse to Public Funds condition – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 18th, 2020 in benefits, coronavirus, immigration, local government, news by sally

‘The Local Government Association has called for the suspension of the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) “so that all vulnerable individuals are entitled to receive support during the coronavirus crisis”.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Woman who falsely claimed more than £1m in benefits is jailed – The Guardian

Posted June 9th, 2020 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman has been jailed after falsely claiming more than £1m in benefits in what has been described as one of the biggest social security frauds to be prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).’

Full Story

The Guardian, 8th June 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com