Homelessness – renewed applications and overlooked facts – Nearly Legal

‘This was a judicial review of Westminster’s refusal to accept a third homelessness application from Ms Ibrahim, following a review decision upholding a decision that she was intentionally homeless, and a rejection of a second application.’

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Nearly Legal, 10th October 2021

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The removal of homeless migrants: a legal challenge waiting to happen? – 5SAH

‘On 22 October 2020, the Home Office published a Statement of Changes to update the UK’s Immigration Rules (the rules), as part of the post-Brexit immigration changes. The reforms included a new discretionary ground for refusal or cancellation of permission to stay for those individuals in the UK on a temporary basis, found sleeping rough.’

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5SAH, 10th August 2021

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What Are Homeless People’s Rights To Belongings? – Each Other

Posted August 20th, 2021 in homelessness, housing, human rights, local government, news, theft by sally

‘Every day, thousands of people experiencing homelessness in the UK are met with exhausting challenges, but one that rarely gets much attention is the constant search for somewhere secure to store their belongings.’

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Each Other, 19th August 2021

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More than 100 councils and charities vow to boycott Home Office policy to deport rough sleepers – The Independent

‘More than 110 local councils and charities have vowed to boycott a controversial new Home Office policy to deport foreign rough sleepers. Rules that came into effect on 1 January made rough sleeping grounds to cancel or refuse a non-British national’s right to be in the UK.’

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The Independent, 8th August 2021

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London borough defends approach after report that family face eviction for failing to attend property viewing 200 miles away – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 30th, 2021 in families, homelessness, housing, local government, London, news, repossession by sally

‘Councils must balance the interests of those in housing need with that of taxpayers, the London Borough of Waltham Forest has said after becoming embroiled in controversy over a family facing homelessness.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th July 2021

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Migrant rough sleeper facing eviction from London accommodation – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2021 in homelessness, hotels, housing, immigration, local government, news by tracey

‘A migrant rough sleeper is facing eviction from emergency hotel accommodation by a London council because he refuses to return to his home country.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2021

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Police bill risks criminalising homeless people, warn UK charities – The Guardian

‘Leading homelessness charities have made an unprecedented joint plea to UK ministers to reconsider the police and crime bill, warning it could in effect criminalise large numbers of people simply for being homeless.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2021

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Domestic Abuse and Priority Need – Nearly Legal

Posted July 6th, 2021 in domestic violence, homelessness, housing, local government, news by sally

‘After assorted rumours, it was officially announced that section 78 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 came into force today, (Monday 5 July 2021), although the regulations bringing it into force weren’t actually published until about 4.30 pm.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th June 2021

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High court ruling leaves refused asylum seekers at risk of homelessness – The Guardian

‘A high court judge has quashed a ruling that said refused asylum seekers who are destitute must be given accommodation during the pandemic until all Covid restrictions are lifted.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2021

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Transport for London evicting rough sleepers from public areas in potential breach of law – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2021 in equality, homelessness, human rights, local government, London, news, transport by tracey

‘Rough sleepers are being evicted from public spaces in a move legal experts say is likely to be unlawful.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2021

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Women offenders being released to homelessness – MPs – BBC News

‘Thousands of women are being released from prison each year without adequate help, a group of MPs and peers say.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2021

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Too soon for a reasonable preference – Nearly Legal

‘This was a judicial review of LB Lewisham’s allocation scheme, and specifically of the operation of the 5 year residence requirement for eligibility to join the housing register and its relation to the ‘reasonable preference’ given to overcrowded households.’

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Nearly Legal, 25th May 2021

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Nur v Birmingham (Part 2): some on the allocation scheme are more equal than others – Nearly Legal

‘Mrs Nur lives with her 3 adult daughters, including her daughter Zakiya Abudlahi, who has cerebral palsy and learning difficulties and for whom Mrs Nur is a full time carer. Mrs Nur and Zakiya were living in the PRS when they registered on Birmingham Council’s Housing List in August 2011. In late 2018 Mrs Nur’s landlord sought possession and an order for possession was made on 12 November 2018. The Council accepted they had a homelessness duty towards the family on 22 November and they were granted a tenancy of a house owned by the Council at 89 Jervoise Road. Mrs Nur received that property following a homelessness offer, rather than as an allocation under the scheme.’

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Nearly Legal, 16th May 2021

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UK Immigration Rough Sleeper Rule – Family Law

‘The UK government has recently introduced a controversial new set of rules that aim to make rough sleeping grounds for refusal or cancellation of a migrant’s permission to remain within the UK.’

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Family Law, 11th May 2021

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High Court judge says system of city council for accommodating homeless people is unlawful – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 30th, 2021 in homelessness, housing, local government, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘Birmingham City Council’s system for allocating accommodation to homeless people has been declared unlawful by the High Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th April 2021

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Home Office to resume evicting some asylum seekers ‘with immediate effect’ – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2021 in asylum, coronavirus, government departments, homelessness, housing, news by sally

‘The Home Office is starting the process of evicting some asylum seekers from their accommodation “with immediate effect” after a pause of almost a year because of the pandemic, according to internal documents seen by the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2021

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Kent council fined after mother and son left to live in tent in pandemic – The Guardian

‘A council has been fined after it removed a homeless teenager and his mother from temporary housing during the pandemic, leaving them to sofa surf and live in a tent for two months.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2021

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Section 204 appeals – weighing medical evidence and ending ‘relief duty’ – Nearly Legal

‘Perrott v Hackney London Borough Council, 29 Janaury 2021, Central London County Court and Perrott v Hackney London Borough Council, 29 January 2021, Central London County Court. Two linked s.204 appeals arising from Hackney’s finding that Mr Perrot was not vulnerable for the purposes of priority need – upheld on s.202 review – and Hackney’s decision to end the ‘relief duty’ under section 189B Housing Act 1996, also upheld on review.’

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Nearly Legal, 18th April 2021

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Rough Sleeping Immigration Rule Must Be Repealed – EIN Blog

Posted April 13th, 2021 in charities, deportation, homelessness, immigration, news by sally

‘The UK government has recently, and quietly, reintroduced a scheme that works with councils and homelessness charities to obtain personal data on migrant rough sleepers that may result in their deportation.’

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EIN Blog, 12th April 2021

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Housing case law update – March 2021 – Local Government Lawyer

‘Paul Lloyd, Helen Gascoigne and Catherine Craven analyse the latest court rulings and Ombudsman investigations of interest to housing associations and local authorities.’

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Local Government Lawyers, 30th March 2021

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