Unfurnished temporary accommodation – is it suitable? – Nearly Legal

‘A judicial review where the relevant parts played out in the early stages of the pandemic lockdown, and where the central question was whether self contained accommodation provided without a fridge, cooker and bed, was suitable within the meaning of section 206 Housing Act 1996, such that interim relief could be ordered.’

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Nearly Legal, 28th June 2020

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Unfurnished temporary accommodation – is it suitable? – Nearly Legal

Posted June 29th, 2020 in homelessness, housing, judicial review, local government, news, standards by sally

‘A judicial review where the relevant parts played out in the early stages of the pandemic lockdown, and where the central question was whether self contained accommodation provided without a fridge, cooker and bed, was suitable within the meaning of section 206 Housing Act 1996, such that interim relief could be ordered.’

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Nearly Legal, 28th June 2020

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Property owners found guilty over illegal sub-division of building after ten year battle with council – Local Government Lawyer

‘Two joint property owners have been found guilty of illegally sub-dividing a building into seven substandard flats in a prosecution brought by the London Borough of Camden.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th June 2020

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Over £46m paid to survivors of abuse at Lambeth children’s homes – The Guardian

‘A survivors’ group has secured a total of more than £46m compensation for 1,340 people who suffered “horrific” abuse in children’s care homes that were infiltrated by paedophiles over several decades.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2020

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County council in legal action against Health Secretary over ‘ordinary residence’ determination – Local Government Lawyer

‘Worcestershire County Council has started legal action against the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, in a dispute over which council should care for someone under the Mental Health Act 1983.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th June 2020

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Court of Appeal allows appeal over refusal of application for intermediary assessment – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal from a case management decision in care proceedings refusing an application by a parent with a learning disability for an intermediary assessment and the appointment of an intermediary.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd June 2020

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News About Special Guardianship Orders – Transparency Project

‘Two documents about special guardianship were published in mid June: A Public Law Working Group/Family Justice Council report and a Nuffield Family Justice Observatory research briefing on special guardianship orders (SGOs). The President of the Family Division has described practice guidance contained in the report as comprehensive and authoritative and has published this with his complete endorsement. He says on the Judiciary website that the guidance should now be applied and used in every case where a SGO is an option.’

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Transparency Project, 21st June 2020

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Landlord fails in bid to vacate earlier guilty plea amid claims council was improperly motivated by prospect of confiscation windfall – Local Government Lawyer

‘A landlord has failed in a judicial review challenge after he was refused permission to vacate a guilty plea in relation to an enforcement notice, amid claims that a council was improperly motivated by an expected windfall from a confiscation order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th June 2020

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Judge declines to consider judicial review bid over inclusion of ‘informative’ in CLEUD – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 19th, 2020 in judicial review, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A High Court judge has declined to hear a judicial review application concerning the inclusion of an “informative” into a certificate of lawfulness of existing use or development (“a CLEUD”).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th June 2020

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Council agrees to pay out £60k after Ombudsman report into failure to support autistic woman – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 18th, 2020 in autism, compensation, local government, mental health, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘A council has agreed to pay a woman with autism, severe anxiety disorder and associated mental health disorders £60,000 after it failed to provide her with support for more than five years.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2020

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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”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2020

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Ending it all – duties under section 188 – Nearly Legal

‘Where a local authority has an initial s.188 Housing Act 1996 duty to provide interim accommodation, but then makes a s.184 decision that the applicant is not in priority need, is that sufficient to bring the s.188 duty to an end? In this judicial review, the answer turns out to be no, at least not if the s.189B duty is continuing and notice of no further duty has not been served.’

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Nearly Legal, 16th June 2020

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Case comment: Dill v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and another [2020] UKSC 20 – UKSC Blog

Posted June 16th, 2020 in appeals, listed buildings, local government, news, planning, Supreme Court by sally

‘In this case comment, Stephen McNaught, Mark McMurray, Josh Risso-Gill and Gael Hardie, who all work within the planning team at CMS, comment on the decision recently handed down by the UK Supreme Court in the matter of Dill v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and another [2020] UKSC 20, which concerned “listed buildings”.’

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UKSC Blog, 12th June 2020

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Rise in injunctions against HS2 protesters – The Guardian

‘HS2 protesters have been accused of practising early morning yoga, swimming naked in a lake and “howling at the moon” as a council seeks a high court injunction to stop direct action against the project.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2020

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Neighbourhood forum wins Planning Court challenge over Leeds site allocations plan and Green Belt land releases – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 15th, 2020 in environmental protection, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A neighbourhood forum has successfully challenged Leeds City Council’s site allocation plan in the High Court in a dispute over calculating Green Belt release for housebuilding.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th

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Vulnerability vs. Disability: McMahon v Watford BC [2020] EWCA Civ 497; [2020] 4 WLUK 99, a sensible clarification – St Ives Chambers

‘This case determines, definitively, that a thorough vulnerability assessment with an acknowledgement of a consideration of the Public Sector Equality Duty (‘PSED’) can satisfy the statutory duty pursuant to section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. No further assessment is automatically required.’

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St Ives Chambers, June 2020

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Just a walk in the Park – No. 5 Chambers

‘The interplay of cases and statutes including some from the last century hardly makes for exciting bedtime reading but Barlow v Wigan MBC is an important decision for those who suffer injury as a result of a highway defect particularly if they are walking on a path in a park established many years ago. It is also a tribute to solicitors and counsel who pursue such claims with dogged determination, and in the case of those acting for Claimants, at a risk if the claim is unsuccessful of receiving no payment in return.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 8th June 2020

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Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2020] EWHC 1353 (QB) Tipples J – Landmark Chambers

‘A flexible tenancy is a species of secure tenancy which is granted for a fixed term of at least two years (s.107A-D, Housing Act 1985). At the end of the fixed term, the landlord has a mandatory ground for possession (s.107D). During the fixed term, commentators have differed on how the landlord can terminate the tenancy. In Flexible Tenancies and Forfeiture, [2014] Journal of Housing Law 17 (Andrew Dymond), it was suggested that the tenancy needed to include a forfeiture clause and the fixed term needed to be terminated by way of forfeiture (see s.82(3), 1985 Act). By contrast, in In a Fix New Law Journal, 29 June 2012 (Jon Holbrook), it was suggested that a flexible tenancy could be determined in the same manner as a periodic secure tenancy, i.e. by the landlord obtaining and executing an order for possession.’

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Landmark Chambers, 2nd June 2020

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Court overturns ‘right to sex’ ruling on man who cannot understand consent – The Guardian

‘The court of appeal has overturned a controversial ruling that a man has a “fundamental right to sex” even though he cannot understand the issue of consent.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2020

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Council wins appeals over reduction of penalties for unlicensed flat rentals – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Waltham Forest has won two appeals over reductions made by the First-Tier Tribunal to penalty notices for unlicensed flat rentals.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th June 2020

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