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X & Y v UK?

Thanks to Chief and with particular thanks to the UK Human Rights blog, we now know that the claimants in X&Y v Hounslow have gone to the European Court of Human Rights.

As you will recall, this was the desperately sad case which, at first instance, looked to establish a duty of care for local authorities to their tenants in certain circumstances. It was overturned at the Court of Appeal (our report) and then permission was refused to go to the House of Lords.

The ECtHR statement of facts and questions to the parties is here. It appears that the claimants are arguing breach of Art 3 and Art 8 rights. This could be a very significant case.

Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.

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