Only connect – allocation priority

Just a brief note, partly about Barnet’s Allocation policy and partly about the surprising way that things can develop from a blog post. In September 2014, I noted that Barnet’s proposed changes to its allocation policy had the effect of excluding domestic violence victims from any priority for social housing, where that had had the […]

The Long and Winding Road

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. Ms N is a parent of five children, who were evicted from their 4 bedroom house in Westminster in November 2012 following imposition […]

Separated families and bedroom tax

Cotton & Ors, R (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Ors [2014] EWHC 3437 (Admin) This was the Liberty backed judicial review of the bedroom tax regulations on the basis that the regulations amounted to an article 8 breach, or an article 14 breach read with article 8, […]

A very unlawful eviction

(Finally) AA v London Borough of Southwark [2014] EWHC 500 (QB) This High Court judgment is remarkable in many ways, most of them worrying. It was the result of a six day hearing, with Southwark putting Kelvin Rutledge QC up against Mr AA in person and ended with findings against Southwark that were as bad as […]

Christopher Chope MP makes a generous offer

The Justice Select Committee heard oral evidence on housing legal aid after LASPO today, 21 October 2014. Representatives from HLPA, Shelter and Garden Court Chambers gave evidence. The recording is here, if the video below doesn’t work. In the course of questioning, committee member Christopher Chope, MP for Christchurch, makes the intriguing assertion that every […]

Etcetera.

A few bits. There are four new FTT bedroom tax decisions on the FTT page, including one from Manchester where subsidence was classed as a ‘natural catastrophe’ for the purposes of continuity of property for the 1996 exemption. There are two room size and use decisions, and one Article 14 disability decision – although this […]

Should auld acquaintance…

In which we revisit a couple of old friends. Mr Gopee of Barons Finance (and many other companies) continues to fare poorly in the RCJ. He apparently sought permission to appeal a couple of orders by HHJ Mackie QC, granting permission to appeal out of time and setting aside possession orders in two of the […]

Bedroom Tax: Upper Tribunal on Article 14

Following my plaintive cry here, I now have copies of the two Upper Tribunal judgments from Scotland referred to by the DWP. And, while the judgments do do something rather more and rather different to the outcomes suggested in the DWP Circular, sadly, what they actually do is worse. The judgments can be downloaded here: […]