A duty to protect?

A case is reported in the Guardian which apparently extends local authorities’ duty to protect tenants from third parties to include vulnerable adults, not only children. A couple, both with learning difficulties, were terrorised in their flat by a group of youths over two days, during which they were assaulted and abused. Hounslow Council had […]

Housing for children

A couple of recent cases concerning local authorities’ duties under s.20 Childrens Act 1989 R (On The Application of M) (Fc) V London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Appellate Committee [2008] UKHL 14 concerns the varied responsibilities of Social Services and Housing depts. The duties under s.20 Childrens Act towards 16 – 18 year olds […]


there are quite a few cases to cover. Ahmad, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Newham [2008] EWCA Civ 140  on determining priority in allocation schemes. G, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Southwark [2007] EWCA Civ 1506  on accommodation under s.20 Children Act 1989. London Borough of Lambeth […]

Publawyer on public function

Just a quick note that Publawyer has posted an excellent discussion of YL v Birmingham and the broader impact on thinking about functional public authorities for the purposes of the Human Rights Act. Sure, it’s a bit late, but he’s been away. It makes a good counterpoint to Head of Legal’s view. Personally, I side […]

YL v Birmingham City Council and others

I haven’t had a chance to look at the judgment in full (YL (by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) (FC) (Appellant) v. Birmingham City Council and others [2007] UKHL 27), but the House of Lords has today decided 3 to 2 (Lord Bingham and Lady Hale dissenting), that a private care home place obtained […]