Babes out of the Forest – NearlyLegal

‘The out of borough temporary accommodation position continues to get worse, with increasing numbers of homeless shipped out of borough (and for London councils, often out of London). London Councils (pace Nzolameso v Westminster CC ) have put the DCLG ‘Supplementary Guidance on the homelessness changes in the Localism Act 2011 and on the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012‘ at naught.’

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NearlyLegal, 2nd February 2015


Hussain v Waltham Forest London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Hussain v Waltham Forest London Borough Council [2015] EWCA Civ 14; [2015] WLR (D) 21

‘The phrase “other violence” in section 177(1) of the Housing Act 1996 covered not only physical violence (actual or threatened) but other threatening or intimidating behaviour or abuse, if of such seriousness that it might give rise to psychological harm.’

WLR Daily, 20th January 2015


Supreme Court homeless appeals – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Three landmark appeals being heard this week should clarify who is ‘vulnerable’ and entitled to priority rehousing by local authorities.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th December 2014


Housing: Homeless Persons and Review of Accommodation Needs – No. 5 Chambers

Posted December 11th, 2014 in homelessness, housing, local government, news by sally

‘This paper considers some selected topics in the broad (and full of case law) topic of homeless persons, together with a brief mention of the duty of local housing authorities to carry out a review of accommodation needs.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 9th December 2014


Supreme Court to hear challenge to key test on homelessness and vulnerability – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court will next week hear three cases where homeless applicants for housing assistance are seeking to challenge the Pereira test of vulnerability.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2014


Too many young adults go from ‘in care’ directly to jail – The Independent

Posted December 8th, 2014 in benefits, care homes, homelessness, news, prisons, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘Young adults leaving care are being let down by the justice system, according to a new academic study. Despite up to a third of the current prison population having experienced the care system, criminal justice professionals are ignorant of ways to help young care leavers stay out of jail, it warns.’

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The Independent, 7th December 2014


Tragedy of Latvian migrant who buried her baby alive after police decided they couldn’t help her – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2014 in birth, homelessness, infanticide, mental health, news, prostitution by sally

‘A hearing at the Old Bailey hears Elita Amantova, 39, was living off berries and bread left out for the birds before she gave birth.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2014


R (on the application of ZH and CN) (Appellants) v London Borough of Newham and London Borough of Lewisham (Respondents) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of ZH and CN) (Appellants) v London Borough of Newham and London Borough of Lewisham (Respondents) [2014] UKSC 62 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 12th November 2014


Errors, damn errors, and statistics: Ajilore v Hackney LBC – NearlyLegal

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, homelessness, housing, local government, mental health, news, statistics, suicide by sally

‘With the Supreme Court set to look at priority need this December, Ajilore v Hackney [2014] EWCA Civ 1273 may prove to be a brief footnote in the evolution of the bloated Pereira test. But, at least for the next four weeks, it tells us something about the construction of the “ordinary homeless person” against which, post Johnson v Solihull [2013] EWCA Civ 752, applicants for homeless assistance are assessed.’

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NearlyLegal, 16th November 2014


R (Jakimaviciute) v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted November 13th, 2014 in appeals, homelessness, housing, law reports, local government by tracey

R (Jakimaviciute) v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council: [2014] EWCA Civ 1438; [2014] WLR (D) 478

‘The power of a local housing authority under section 160ZA(7) of the Housing Act 1996 to set the qualification criteria for registration on a housing allocation scheme under that Act was subject to the authority’s duty under section 166A(3) of the 1996 Act to secure that reasonable preference was given to specified classes of people, including those who were owed a housing duty under section 193(2) of that Act.’

WLR Daily, 6th November 2014


Court of Appeal holds as unlawful part of allocation scheme adopted by council – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 12th, 2014 in appeals, homelessness, local government, news by tracey

‘Part of an allocation scheme adopted by a London council was unlawful, the Court of Appeal has ruled. In Jakimaviciute, R (On the Application Of) v Hammersmith And Fulham London Borough Council [2014] EWCA Civ 1438 the claimant challenged the legality of Hammersmith & Fulham’s scheme, which was adopted with effect from April 2013.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th November 2014

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Single mother-of-five made homeless by benefits cap turns to Supreme Court over Westminster Council’s attempts at ‘social cleansing’ – The Independent

Posted October 29th, 2014 in appeals, benefits, families, homelessness, housing, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘A single mother-of-five who was made homeless after resisting Westminster Council’s attempt to move the family 50 miles from the capital is applying to the Supreme Court to review her case.’

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The Independent, 29th October 2014


The Long and Winding Road – NearlyLegal

Posted October 27th, 2014 in appeals, benefits, homelessness, housing, local government, news by sally

‘The facts in Nzolameso v Westminster CC are pretty unremarkable, but the effects of the Court of Appeal’s judgement are likely to reverberate through every new homelessness application, especially in the London area.’

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NearlyLegal, 26th October 2014


Nzolameso v Westminster City Council – WLR Daily

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in appeals, homelessness, housing, law reports, local government by sally

Nzolameso v Westminster City Council [2014] EWCA Civ 1383; [2014] WLR (D) 437

‘For the purposes of section 208 of the Housing Act 1996, when deciding whether it was “reasonably practicable” to accommodate a particular homeless person within its own district, bearing in mind that the accommodation might be of no more than a temporary nature, a local housing authority was entitled to have regard to all the factors that had a bearing on its ability to provide accommodation to that person, including the demands made on its resources, whether of a financial or administrative nature.’

WLR Daily, 22nd October 2014


How could 16-year-old Christina be killed on her way to school? – Daily Telegraph

‘As a report declares the fatal stabbing of schoolgirl Christina Edkins as ‘preventable’, her family speak out about the serious failings that led to the unprovoked attack.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st September 2014


Christina Edkins inquiry finds missed opportunities to prevent killing – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2014 in homelessness, homicide, inquiries, mental health, news, social services by tracey

‘A string of agencies and professionals missed opportunities to prevent the death of schoolgirl Christina Edkins, who was fatally stabbed on a bus by a homeless man with serious mental health issues, an investigation has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2014


Supreme Court agrees to hear key case on intentional homelessness – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 29th, 2014 in appeals, homelessness, housing, local government, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has given an appellant permission to appeal a Court of Appeal ruling over the relevant time for a council to consider whether her homelessness was intentional.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th August 2014


Kanu v Southwark London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted July 31st, 2014 in appeals, disabled persons, equality, homelessness, law reports, local government by michael

Kanu v Southwark London Borough Council [2014] EWCA Civ 1085;  [2014] WLR (D) 344

‘Where an applicant with a disability sought housing assistance as homeless, section 149(1) of the Equality Act 2010 did not require a housing authority to do any more than was required by the Housing Act 1996. The public sector equality duty in section 149 of the 2010 Act could not extend to requiring a housing authority to secure accommodation for a disabled person in circumstances where his disability did not render him vulnerable.’

WLR Daily, 29th July 2014


Trouble out west – NearlyLegal

Posted July 21st, 2014 in homelessness, judicial review, local government, news, planning, repossession by sally

‘In O’Brien v Bristol CC [2014] EWHC 2423 (Admin) [heard at the RCJ instead of in the Bristol admin court? Not on Bailii yet but we have seen a transcript], a range of issues arose out of the council’s decision to seek and obtain a possession order of an unauthorised encampment below the M5 at Avonmouth. The real aim of this judicial review, though, was not the possession order, but the council’s decision not to allow the O’Brien’s and their four caravans to return to the temporary transit site, which had available pitches. The O’Briens had stayed at that temporary site for the allowable period (13 weeks) and had been entitled to overstay on the ground of exceptional circumstances for a period. They then moved off and ended up at the M5 site. The O’Briens had also made a homelessness application and been offered interim bricks and mortar accommodation. The council’s officer had considered whether to allow the O’Briens back on to the transit site but decided against it for what would have been an indefinite period and which would have set a precedent for allowing extended stays in breach of planning controls. The O’Briens’ were unsuccessful on the merits although Burnett J did give permission to bring the judicial review’

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NearlyLegal, 19th July 2014


Bad reviews and a future of bunk beds – NearlyLegal

Posted July 1st, 2014 in appeals, homelessness, housing, judgments, news by sally

‘This second appeal to the Court of Appeal from a s.204 Housing Act 1996 appeal raises three important questions. Unfortunately, the answers to them are rather brief and rather negative. The issues are i) whether a s.202 review of a s.184 decision can come to a finding which is substantially worse for the applicant that the original s.184 decision; ii) whether a review officer should conduct a hazard assessment (Housing Act 2004) when considering whether it is reasonable for an applicant to occupy their accommodation; and iii) how far should a review officer look to the future when considering whether the applicant is homeless.’

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NearlyLegal, 30th June 2014