No preference is a reasonable preference – R (Mallon Montero) v London Borough of Lewisham – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 18th, 2021 in housing, local government, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘A High Court judge has upheld the disqualification of housing applicants owed the reasonable preference duty on the basis of lack of local residence. Matt Hutchings QC analyses the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th June 2021

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High Court rejects ‘failure to remove’ abuse claim – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In a significant adverse judgment for child abuse claimants, DFX v Coventry City Council [2021] EWHC 1382 (QB), Mrs Justice Lambert rejected a claim brought by a number of claimants who alleged that the defendant council’s social services negligently delayed in instigating care proceedings and that had they been removed from the family home earlier they would have avoided serial abuse at the hands of their parents.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th June 2021

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Alastair Richardson: The Legality of Home Office Fees – UK Constitutional Law Association

“Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens v Secretary of State for the Home Department (PRCBC) concerned a challenge to the lawfulness of fees charged to children applying to be registered as British citizens. The fees have a serious adverse impact on the ability of many children to apply for registration.”

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th May 2021

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High Court judge criticises failure by council to deliver EHC plan – Local Government Lawyer

‘Nottinghamshire County Council failed to adequately deliver a disabled child’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) the High Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th May 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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A Sigh of Relief: Elkundi & Ors v Birmingham City Council – Nearly legal

‘Hot on the heels of the decision in R (Imam) v London Borough of Croydon (2021) EWHC 739 (Admin) comes this altogether more satisfying decision, Elkundi & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v Birmingham City Council (2021) EWHC 1024 (Admin), on the nature and enforceability of the duty under s. 193(2) Housing Act 1996.’

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Nearly legal, 20th 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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Council refused permission to appeal High Court ruling on failure to comply with duty to cooperate – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 19th, 2021 in appeals, local government, news, planning, statutory duty by tracey

‘Sevenoaks District Council has been refused permission to appeal a Planning Court ruling rejecting its legal challenge to a finding by a planning inspector that it had failed to comply with the duty to cooperate when preparing the Sevenoaks District Local Plan for its administrative area.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th April 2021

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Mandatory relief when left in unsuitable temporary accommodation – Nearly Legal

‘Imam, R (On the Application Of) v The London Borough of Croydon (2021) EWHC 739 (Admin). This is the judgment in a judicial review claim seeking a declaration that Croydon was in breach of its statutory duty under section 193(2) of the Housing Act 1996 to provide suitable accommodation, and for mandatory relief, that Croydon provide suitable accommodation, and consider the claimant’s application for band 1 housing priority.’

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Nearly Legal, 28th March 2021

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R (Blundell & Ors) v SSWP; R (Day) v SSWP – Equality Law Blog

‘The Claimants unsuccessfully challenged the Defendant’s policy of making deductions at a fixed rate from universal credit (UC) to pay off criminal fines. So far as relevant here, the claim alleged breach of the PSED (s149 Equality Act 2010) and unlawful indirect disability discrimination. The latter claim failed on the evidence, Kerr J pointing out that it would more suitably have been brought in the county court. The Judge did accept that the Defendant had breached the PSED but ruled against the claimants on the basis that compliance with the PSED would very likely have made no difference and that, therefore, s31A of the Senior Courts Act 1981 defeated the claim.’

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Equality Law Blog, 22nd March 2021

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Councils and other public bodies to be put under legal duty to share data and intelligence in cases of serious violence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A new legal duty is to be imposed on local authorities, the police, criminal justice agencies, health and fire and rescue services to share data and intelligence in cases concerning serious violence.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th March 2021

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Repeat homelessness applications and local connection – Garden Court Chambers

‘The Claimant, Mr Minott, applied to Cambridge City Council as homeless in March 2019 and was provided with interim accommodation under s188(1) Housing Act 1996. However the performance of the relief duty under s189B(2) Housing Act 1996 was subsequently referred to Sandwell MBC, on the footing that Mr Minott had a local connection with the district of that authority but did not have a local connection with the district of Cambridge.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 26th February 2021

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Errol Graham: Starved man’s family loses High Court benefits case – BBC News

‘The family of a man who starved to death after his benefits were stopped has lost a High Court challenge against the government.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2021

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Failure to enact public duty law ‘has worsened England inequality in pandemic’ – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2021 in coronavirus, equality, news, statutory duty by sally

‘The failure of successive governments to enact part of the Equality Act, which would have imposed a duty to address socio-economic disadvantage, has exacerbated inequalities in England during the coronavirus pandemic, a thinktank has claimed.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2021

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Repeat homelessness applications and local connection – Garden Court Chambers

Posted February 18th, 2021 in homelessness, housing, local government, news, statutory duty by sally

‘The Claimant, Mr Minott, applied to Cambridge City Council as homeless in March 2019 and was provided with interim accommodation under s188(1) Housing Act 1996. However the performance of the relief duty under s189B(2) Housing Act 1996 was subsequently referred to Sandwell MBC, on the footing that Mr Minott had a local connection with the district of that authority but did not have a local connection with the district of Cambridge.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 17th February 2021

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Proposed free speech law will make English universities liable for breaches – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2021 in freedom of expression, news, statutory duty, universities by sally

‘The government is to introduce legislation that will enable academics, students or visiting speakers who are no-platformed to sue universities for compensation where they feel they have suffered because of free speech infringements.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2021

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Court of Appeal rejects challenge to application of ‘tilted balance’ by two councils – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 11th, 2021 in interpretation, local government, news, planning, statutory duty by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a developer’s case that two councils misapplied the “tilted balance” in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th February 2021

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High Court judge dismisses challenge over lack of public consultation on NHS hospital reconfiguration in Hertfordshire – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 12th, 2021 in consultations, hospitals, judicial review, news, statutory duty by sally

‘A High Court judge has dismissed a judicial review challenge over the reorganisation of hospital provision in Hertfordshire.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th January 2021

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Legal Professional Privilege: Breach of a Company Director’s Duties and the Iniquity Exception in Practice – Exchange Chambers

‘LPP has been described as “a fundamental condition on which the administration of justice as a whole rests” (R v Derby Magistrates’ Court, Ex p B [1996] AC 487, 507). In the last few years there has been a significant amount of litigation relating to documents subject to LPP (see for instance Sports Direct International plc v Financial Reporting Council [2020] EWCA Civ 177 and Addlesee v Dentons Europe LLP [2019] EWCA Civ 1600). This is perhaps not surprising given how valuable and sensitive such documents will be in any litigation or investigation by a regulator. Each of these cases tests the boundaries of LPP. The recent decision of Tom Leech QC sitting as a judge of the High Court in Barrowfen is one such decision and particularly important for those who advise directors or are bringing or defending a claim against directors. Barrowfen is an important decision on the iniquity exception in the context of allegations of breaches by a director of his statutory duties under the Companies Act 2006.’

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Exchange Chambers, 4th January 2021

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Council defeats appeal over ruling that it did not breach public sector equality duty in possession case – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has dismissed an appeal over a ruling in a housing case that there had been no breach by Slough Borough Council of the public sector equality duty.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th January 2021

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