New homelessness act fails to address root causes, charities say – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, homelessness, housing, legislation, local government, news by sally

‘Spiralling rents, welfare reforms and council funding cuts will undermine the impact of the most significant new homelessness legislation for 40 years, charities have said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2018

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Vulnerable children forced into homelessness as local authorities routinely ignore child protection laws – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2018 in children, homelessness, local government, news by tracey

‘Vulnerable children are being forced into homelessness because local authorities are routinely flouting child protection laws, lawyers and charities have warned.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2018

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Vulnerable people ‘trapped in homelessness’ due to law – BBC News

Posted February 14th, 2018 in homelessness, housing, local government, mental health, news, reports by michael

‘Vulnerable people are unable to access social housing, potentially trapping them “in a cycle of homelessness”, due to a change in the law.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2018

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A failure to engage – ‘Medical advisors’ on homeless vulnerability – Nearly Legal

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in doctors, homelessness, mental health, news, psychiatrists by sally

‘This is a s.204 appeal of a ‘not vulnerable’ review decision by LB Tower Hamlets. It is of particular interest because of the consideration of the role and place of the ‘medical advisors’ used by LBTH – Now Medical, and the strong criticism of the handling and consideration of medical reports.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st January 2018

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Ombudsman finds fault in seven out of ten homelessness complaints – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 18th, 2017 in complaints, homelessness, local government, news, ombudsmen, reports by sally

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found fault in 70% of complaints about homelessness it investigated in detail in 2016/17.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th December 2017

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High Court quashes guidance on deporting EEA nationals who are sleeping rough – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 18th, 2017 in freedom of movement, homelessness, human rights, immigration, news by sally

‘Recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of people sleeping on the streets in Greater London — the figure has more than doubled since 2017.[1] This includes people of all nationalities, and a significant number of EEA nationals.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th December 2017

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Government policy on rough sleeping by EEA nationals unlawful: High Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 18th, 2017 in freedom of movement, homelessness, human rights, immigration, news by sally

‘The Government’s policy of treating rough sleeping by EEA nationals as an abuse of EU treaty rights, rendering the individuals liable to removal if proportionate to do so, is unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th December 2017

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Deporting EU rough sleepers from UK unlawful, High Court rules – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2017 in deportation, EC law, freedom of movement, homelessness, news by tracey

‘A Home Office policy of removing EU citizens found sleeping rough on UK streets is unlawful and must stop, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2017

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“I made him aware he is very lucky” – Nearly Legal

Posted December 11th, 2017 in homelessness, housing, local government, news, ombudsmen, reports, statutory duty by sally

‘A Local Government Ombudsman Report on the actions of Maidstone Borough Council towards a homeless household makes for depressing reading. Both for the actions (and inactions) of the Council and for what it lays bare about the attitude to the homeless.’

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Nearly Legal, 10th December 2017

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Ombudsman tells council to pay compensation over forcible eviction by landlord – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 29th, 2017 in compensation, homelessness, landlord & tenant, local government, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Maidstone Borough Council should pay compensation to a homeless family of £4,170 after it accepted their forcible eviction at short notice from temporary accommodation, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th November 2017

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Intentional Homelessness: Whether 2-Years Renting Amounted to Settled Accommodation – Garden Court Chambers

‘In November 2010 the appellant, Mr Doka, was evicted from his home at Laburnam Close in South East London on the basis of rent arrears. His former employer, Mr Theobald, subsequently allowed him to stay in his home in Dartford. The arrangement was initially meant to be a temporary one. But after a few weeks the arrangement was put on a more stable footing, with Mr Theobald agreeing to provide what he described as ‘full-time accommodation’, allowing Mr Doka to sleep in his son’s bedroom (while his son was away at University) for £500 a month. Mr Theobald told Mr Doka that he could live there for two-three years, while his son finished at University, though Mr Doka would be required to stay with friend’s on occasion if Mr Theobald’s son returned and needed the use of the room.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 10th November 2017

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‘Significantly More Vulnerable’: The Court of Appeal Explains – Garden Court Chambers

‘At [53] of Hotak v Southwark LBC [2015] UKSC 30, [2016] AC 811, Lord Neuberger explained that whether or not a homeless applicant was ‘vulnerable’ within the meaning of s189(1)(c) Housing Act 1996 required consideration of whether he or she would be ‘significantly more vulnerable than ordinarily vulnerable’ as a result of being rendered homeless. In the conjoined appeals of Panayiotou and Smith, the Court of Appeal considered the meaning of the word ‘significantly’ in this context as well as a number of issues relating to the contracting out of homelessness decision making in instances where the public sector equality duty under s149 Equality Act 2010 is engaged.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 10th November 2017

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‘I asked to go to jail, rather than stay homeless’ – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in homelessness, imprisonment, news by sally

‘Banned from begging and sleeping in shop doorways in Middlesbrough, Bradley Grimes asked the judge in court to send him to prison rather than leave him homeless. What effect did it have?’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2017

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Homelessness Update – Doughty Street Chambers

‘Annual Review of Developments in Homelessness Law presentation slides.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 17th November 2017

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Home Office faces High Court hearing over policy on rough sleeping EEA nationals – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court is today [21 November] set to begin hearing a judicial review challenge to the Home Office’s policy towards rough sleeping EEA nationals.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st November 2017

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How long has this been going on? – settled accommodation – Nearly Legal

‘The issue in this second appeal was what amounts to ‘settled accommodation’, sufficient to break the chain of causation of intentional homelessness.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th October 2017

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Panayiotou v Waltham Forest LBC; Smith v Haringey LBC – Arden Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in disabled persons, homelessness, housing, local government, mental health, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has held that whether a person has a priority need for accommodation by reason of vulnerability requires consideration of whether he is “significantly” more vulnerable in a way that is relevant to his ability to deal with the consequences of homelessness; the question is qualitative, not quantitative.’

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Arden Chambers, 19th October 2017

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Vulnerability, medical evidence & Now Medical – Nearly Legal

Posted October 5th, 2017 in expert witnesses, homelessness, local government, mental health, news by tracey

‘Thomas v Lambeth LBC, County Court at Central London, 16 March 2017. This is a s.204 appeal in the County Court of a vulnerability decision by Lambeth. Of particular interest is that the judgment concerns and indeed turns on Now Medical reports on the homeless applicant and the use made of them by LB Lambeth on s.184 decision and on s.202 review.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd October 2017

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An uncaring indifference to wrong and right – Nearly Legal

Posted September 20th, 2017 in homelessness, housing, news, statistics by sally

‘Behind every homelessness statistic sits a story – or, more accurately – 88410 stories. Stories of people fleeing violence or abusive relationships. Stories of people struggling with ill-health and addictions. Stories of care leavers being left to struggle thorough. And, increasingly, stories of people who just can’t afford the rent. Some – the “lucky” or “deserving” few, find their way into temporary accommodation. Some sleep rough. Some turn to prostitution as a way of getting a roof for the night. It is a desperate situation.’

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Nearly Legal, 18th September 2017

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Homeless man jailed for Hyde Park murder – The Guardian

Posted August 25th, 2017 in deportation, homelessness, immigration, imprisonment, London, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A homeless man has been jailed for at least 26 years for murdering a “kind and peace-loving” carer in London’s Hyde Park after the authorities failed to deport him on at least six occasions over two years.’

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The Guardian, 24th August 2017

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