‘Not otherwise available’

SL v Westminster City Council & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 954

This is a significant judgment by the Court of Appeal on the ambit of s.21(1)(a) National Assistance Act 1948. It addresses the interrelation of ‘care and attention’ and the provision of accommodation. While the decision does not follow the Local Authorities’ demand that ‘care and attention’ must be such that it cannot be provided otherwise than by provision of accommodation, it does moderate, or limit, the division of asylum seekers (and failed asylum seekers) into the able bodied, for whom any assistance was only by NASS (now UKBA), and the infirm, who fell under s.21(1)(a).

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Someone to watch over me

R (Nassery) v London Borough of Brent [2011] EWCA Civ 539

This was the appeal of a judicial review of Brent’s decision on provision of care and accommodation under section 21 National Assistance Act 1948.

Mr N was an Iranian asylum seeker (granted indefinite leave to remain during the course of the case). He suffered from mental illness. In late 2008 he had applied for assistance under s.21. Although he had subsequently become eligible for housing assistance under Part 7 Housing Act 1996, he did not consider that the provision of accommodation alone under HA 1996 would be suitable, so no homeless application had been made and no decision as … Read the full post

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He can look after himself

R (Shoaib) v LB Newham [2009] All ER (D) 198 (Jun) [only available as an All ER note as yet] was a Judicial Review of a decision to terminate s.21 National Assistance Act support to Mr Shoaib.

Mr Shoaib had claimed asylum in 2004. His claim had been rejected in 2006 and with it NASS support (as it was then). A fresg asylum claim was made and Newham decided to provide s.21 support. Mr Shoaib suffered from epilepsy. His support was reviewed on a number of occasions. On the last occasion, the social worker, who had not had details of Mr Shoaib’s medical condition provided to him, decided that Mr … Read the full post

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Care and Attention

R (on the application of M) (FC) (Respondent) v Slough Borough Council [2008] UKHL 52 is a House of Lords case concerning Local Authority obligations under the National Assistance Act 1948, and specifically when the authority is obliged to arrange and pay for accommodation.

The facts of the case are that M, a 42 year old Zimbabwean, subject to immigration control and HIV positive had applied to Slough BC for assistance under the National Assistance Act. He has subsequently become eligible for housing assistance by NASS, pending an appeal against return.

M’s needs stated needs are

other than for a home and subsistence, are for medication prescribed by his

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