Positive action and proportionality: Supreme Court guidance in Agudas Israel Housing Association – Cloisters

‘In R (on the application of Z and another) (AP) (Appellants) v Hackney London Borough Council and another (Respondents) UKSC 2019/0162, the Supreme Court held that it was lawful for a housing association to provide social housing only to Orthodox Jews, in its first ever ruling on positive action. In this blog, Charlotte Goodman, an equality law barrister at Cloisters, considers the importance of the judgment.’

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Cloisters, 6th November 2020

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Met police told 40% of recruits must be from BAME backgrounds – The Guardian

‘Britain’s biggest police force must hire 40% of new recruits from ethnic minority backgrounds, while officers will have to justify stop and search to community panels under new plans designed to quell the race crisis engulfing Scotland Yard.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2020

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Met Police traffic stops to be reviewed as part of Action Plan – BBC News

‘Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for police traffic stops to be reviewed to look at whether black people are disproportionately affected by some police tactics.’

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BBC News, 13th November 2020

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What To Do About London’s Roof Tops – The 36 Group

Posted October 30th, 2020 in chambers articles, codes of practice, housing, local government, London, news, planning by sally

‘More than a few are eyeing the value of rooftops on residential tower blocks of flats.’

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The 36 Group, October 2020

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Convictions for rapes in London less likely than in 2015, research shows – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2020 in London, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘The London assembly’s police and crime committee has written to the lord chancellor, Robert Buckland, amid concerns over a “toxic combination” of falling convictions in rape and sexual offence cases despite a rise in reports and a backlog of cases in the courts.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2020

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London borough wins High Court battle over community centre ownership – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 7th, 2020 in injunctions, local government, London, news, planning by tracey

‘Brent Council has won a High Court dispute over the ownership of a community centre site and secured an injunction restraining the defendants from making any applications to register a restriction against the property.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th October 2020

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High Court judge quashes s.17 Children Act assessment made by council – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 25th, 2020 in children, families, homelessness, housing, judicial review, local government, London, news by sally

‘A judge has strongly criticised a London borough over its handling of the assessment of a family’s accommodation needs.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th September 2020

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Extinction Rebellion ‘go floppy’ when arrested, complains senior Met officer – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2020 in climate change, demonstrations, London, news, police by michael

‘One of Britain’s most senior police officers has launched an angry tirade against Extinction Rebellion protesters going “all floppy” when they get arrested.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2020

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Taxi drivers group eyes legal challenge over ‘Streetspace’ policy of London mayor and TfL – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 26th, 2020 in bicycles, coronavirus, local government, London, news, road safety, roads, taxis by sally

‘The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LDTA) plans a legal challenge to London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) over their Streetspace policy.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st August 2020

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Stop-and-search use in London rose 40% in lockdown, figures show – The Guardian

Posted August 25th, 2020 in coronavirus, London, news, police, statistics, stop and search by sally

‘Stop and searches in London rose by 40% during lockdown and a lower proportion of them led to arrests, figures show.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2020

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Mayor defeats Court of Appeal challenge to removal of congestion charge exemption from minicab drivers – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has found for the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in a case brought by minicab drivers, despite judges being troubled by aspects of his actions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th August 2020

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Met Police ‘four times more likely’ to use force on black people – BBC News

Posted July 30th, 2020 in London, minorities, news, police, restraint, statistics by sally

‘Metropolitan Police officers are four times more likely to use force against black people compared with the white population, new figures have suggested.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2020

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Met uses software that can be deployed to see if ethnic groups ‘specialise’ in areas of crime – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2020 in computer programs, London, minorities, news, police by sally

‘Origins software produced by Trevor Phillips’s firm allows users to profile suspects, says company.

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The Guardian, 27th July 2020

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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.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 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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Man sues Met police over injuries suffered in alleged racist arrest – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2020 in complaints, London, news, police, racism, stop and search, wrongful arrest by sally

‘A man who suffered a broken wrist and damage to his arm and shoulder after he was detained outside his home in what he believes was a wrongful racist arrest is suing the Metropolitan police over his injuries.’

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The Guardian, 15th 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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Police watchdog to announce decision on Johnson-Arcuri inquiry – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson will find out on Thursday if he faces a criminal investigation into his relationship with an American businesswoman while he was mayor of London.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2020

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Coronavirus: 14,000 lockdown-breach fines imposed – BBC News

‘Police in England and Wales have issued more than 14,000 fines for alleged breaches of lockdown laws.’

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BBC News, 15th May 2020

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