Avoiding s.20 duties to children?

I am strangely and unaccountably late with this one – I can only presume it was released late by Bailii and it was August anyway. But finally, here is R(M) v Barnet LBC [2008] EWHC 2354 (Admin), a judicial review on a decision to assist a 17 year old under s.17 Children Act 1989, rather […]

Partly closed loophole

As the case of YL v Birmingham has been the subject of some comment on Nearly Legal I thought that readers may be interested to know that the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2008 SI 2008/2994 has brought s. 145 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 into force.  […]

Care home closures and right to life

Verna Wilson & Ors, R (on the application of) v Coventry City Council [2008] EWHC 2300 (Admin) was a judicial review of the decisions by Coventry and Havering councils to close care homes with elderly residents suffering from dementia or physical disability. The cases were joined and rolled up into a permission and substantive hearing. […]

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 […]

Children Act – 'requires accommodation'

This is a significant case on whether Social Services or Housing Departments have a duty to accommodate a homeless child and whether a s.20 Children Act duty arises. G, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Southwark [2008] EWCA Civ 877 was a case in which a 17 year old child, G, who […]

Mentioned in dispatches

A couple of cases came up today, one at the Court of Appeal, one Judicial Review, that are of marginal or tangential relevance to housing law, but may well be of interest to some. I’m not doing reports but the cases are: Liverpool City Council, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Hillingdon […]

Children Act – housing and education

C, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Lambeth [2008] EWHC 1230 (Admin) is, in the end, mainly concerned with education, but there is quite a bit of interest to housing people. The issue was the duties owed to the Claimant under s.23 and s.24 Children Act 1989. The Claimant had been in […]

Notes for later

As ever, housing cases come in a flood after a drought. Jones v London Borough of Merton [2008] EWCA Civ 660 on when liability for mesne profits ends after the tolerated trespasser leaves a property. Hanoman v London Borough of Southwark [2008] EWCA Civ 624 on when housing benefit counts as rent under RTB rules. […]

X v Hounslow

I have now got hold of the judgment in X v Hounslow [2008] All ER 337 (May) (thanks to assorted helpful sprites). [Edit 23/06/08 – now up on Bailii]. Previous posts on this one are here and here – this was the case that apparently instituted a potential duty of care for local authorities to […]

Duty to protect update 1

Update on this case from Friday 24 May. No judgment available yet that I have seen, but there is a further new story on the Hounslow case at 24dash.com, which gives a few more details. Specifically, the negligent failure found was that housing did not invoke emergency transfer processes, despite a) social services involvement with […]