It is that time of year again. The HLPA housing law conference 2013 is on Tuesday, 10 December. A decent sprinkling of NL people will be there.
It promises to be a very good day, details are below. There are a few places left, or at least there were on Friday, so if you haven’t signed up, why not? And there are 6 hours CPD for solicitors and barristers.
10 December 2013
Royal College of Surgeons, London
For full details of the programme and booking, see here.
2013 will be a year that housing lawyers do not forget for a long time. With our profession, our funding and our clients’ rights … Read the full post
Managing Solicitor – Hackney
Region South and Eastern Counties
Closing date: 9th December 2013 at midnight
We’re looking for a talented Managing Solicitor who will successfully lead two of our London teams in providing a viable, high quality legal service to homeless people and other people in housing need.
If you have substantial post qualification experience of legal aid and housing litigation, consider a move to Shelter – one of the UK’s leading housing charities. You’ll be part of our wider London and national Legal Services and play a major role in the strategic direction of our legal services nationally.
Benefits include 30 … Read the full post
R (on the application of MK) v Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council  EWHC 3486 (Admin) [Judgment on Lexis, not on Bailii yet]
A judicial review raising the extent of a Council’s duties and powers under s.17 Children Act 1989 and s.1 Localism Act 2011 (the general power of competence) in providing housing for someone not otherwise eligible for housing assistance.
MK was from Nigeria. She was in the UK illegally. A current application for leave to remain had been refused and was under appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. (If MK left the UK, this appeal would fall.) MK’s age was unclear. Barking had assessed her date of … Read the full post
In other bedroom tax news, the DWP has issued a Circular to Local Authorities on The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013 – the new regulations implementing the Gorry judgment on LHA and housing benefit assessments involving disabled children unable to share a bedroom by reason of their disability. The new regulations are in force from 4 December 2013, some time after the Minister got a thorough telling off on the failure to introduce regulations in R (MA & Ors).
The circular is here.… Read the full post
Community Law Partnership
An opportunity to join our exciting team
We have a vacancy for a Trainee Solicitor in our central Birmingham office.
For more information and to download an application pack visit our website
Closing Date Friday 3 January 2014… Read the full post
AT & Ors v London Borough Of Islington  EWCA Civ 1505
We are a bit late with this one, but while we are on the interrelation of duties to children and housing duties, this was an an application for permission to appeal a judicial review decision on the interrelation of s.17 Children Act 1989, s.11 Children Act 2004 and the Housing Act 1996 parts 6 and 7.
AT and her husband have two sons, aged 5 and 2, both of whom have disabilities. One son has serious autistic spectrum disorder and the other Down’s syndrome. They live in a one bedroom flat on the second floor of a block … Read the full post
Hurzat v Hounslow LBC (2013) CA (Civ Div) 21 November 2013 [Not on Bailii yet, Lawtel note]
What is the relationship between Housing Act 1996 Part VII and Children Act 2004? Does the duty under s.11 Children Act to safeguard and promote the welfare of children have a bearing on decisions on intentional homelessness under Housing Act 1996? While this case provides a partial answer, it was not, I think, a great case on the facts for testing the interplay of the Acts.
Ms H is married with 3 young children. She applied to Hounslow as homeless following eviction for rent arrears. Hounslow decided she was intentionally homeless as, although … Read the full post