Homeless eligibility amends and deposit discretions

The Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 have (finally) been made to come into force on 30 October 2016. These sort out the anomaly highlighted in Romans v Southwark LBC and SSDCLG and Alabi v SSDCLG about those with leave to remain granted under Appendix FM. Their eligibility for housing and homeless […]

Homelessness eligibility – revisions underway

The following note appeared on the Doughty Street Chambers site. Anyone with clients (or applicants) in a similar position – in particular leave to remain granted under Appendix FM of the immigration Rules – should take note. The DCLG has indicated that those granted Article 8 ‘leave to remain’ (and have recourse to public fund) […]

Questions and Answers

O, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Lambeth [2016] EWHC 937 (Admin) A judicial review of a decision on a s.17 Children Act 1989 assessment of a homeless, non-eligible family. The issues were the extent of investigations required, and legitimate conclusions to be drawn from a lack of information provided. The claim […]

EU ineligibility for housing

Mirga and Samin v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Anor [2016] UKSC 1 In Mr Samin’s appeal, the Supreme Court considered the meaning of “a person from abroad who is not eligible for housing assistance” section 185(1) of Housing Act 1996 (as amended). Mr Samin is an EU citizen, who came to […]

Qualification criteria and allocations: An outlier?

In R(Hillsden) v Epping Forest DC [2015] EWHC 98 (Admin), McCloskey J held the council’s allocation scheme valid in circumstances which, I must say, did not seem propitious to the council.  The council’s new allocation scheme, which came in to force in September 2013, had a qualification criterion which required applicants to have a continuous residence for […]

On families, powers and duties to accommodate

R (on the application of MK) v Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council [2013] 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 […]

Deja Vu All Over Again (and again)

In Samin v Westminster CC [2012] EWCA Civ 1468 [not on bailii yet – lawtel has a transcript], the Court of Appeal had to decide what was meant by someone being “temporarily unable to work” so as to determine if Mr Samin retained his status as a “worker” under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations […]

New Regulations 1 – ‘Zambrano’ eligibility

In response to  Zambrano (C-34/09) the Government has laid new regulations today, to come into force on 9 8 November 2012. The Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/2588/introduction/made The Social Security (Habitual Residence) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/2587/contents/made The effect of these regulations is that, while the right of residence of ‘Zambrano Carers’ (third country […]

Housing eligibility via a child?

Not sure how this one didn’t make it on to the blog before… Back in March 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union gave judgment in Zambrano (C-34/09) [For a report on that judgment, see Free Movement, here] The upshot of Zambrano was that where a child (or dependant adult) who is a […]

Morris dancing

Bah v The United Kingdom – 56328/07 [2011] ECHR 1448 This is a decision of the European Court of Human Rights on the regulations for eligibility for housing support, after the declaration of incompatibility in Westminster v Morris [2005] EWCA Civ 1184. It is a very significant case, not least because it has a direct […]