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Supreme Court ruling to protect single homeless people

Supreme Court ruling to protect single homeless people

Last week, in three appeals about priority need for the homeless (Hotak, Kanu and Johnson [2015] UKSC 30), the Supreme Court overturned the test used by local authorities for 16…

Losing your home: Simon’s story

Losing your home: Simon’s story

  After caring for his elderly mum a 50-year-old builder faces eviction from a council flat. A tall, broad-chested man with rounded shoulders, close cropped and a gold chin-stud approaches…

Social cleansing of the poor by councils must be stopped

Social cleansing of the poor by councils must be stopped

There was welcome news last week for council tenants after a mother of five, homeless after she lost her challenge of a decision by Westminster Council to re-house her 50…

Bedroom tax ruling: ‘a travesty of justice’

Bedroom tax ruling: ‘a travesty of justice’

Lawyers representing adults and children with disabilities who are challenging the government’s controversial ‘bedroom tax’ have vowed to fight on after losing part of their High Court challenge to the…

On the wisdom of criminalising squatting in the midst of a housing crisis

On the wisdom of criminalising squatting in the midst of a housing crisis

On 1st September 2012, section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) was passed into law, making squatting in a residential building in England and…

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