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Is Hackney really criminalizing rough sleepers to protect those offended by poverty?

Is Hackney really criminalizing rough sleepers to protect those offended by poverty?

On 13 April 2015, the London Borough of Hackney, relying on new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, established a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) banning…

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…

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