- Council unlawfully failed to meet Children Act duties in rehousing case (R (on the application of KS and another) v London Borough of Haringey)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
Local Government analysis: KS brought a challenge against Haringey Council on the basis that the local authority’s housing and social services departments had, between them, failed to meet her housing needs of as a tenant and those of her disabled child (AM). KS was seeking council rehousing principally due to the needs arising from AM’s autism. Despite the Social Services department making a recommendation of suitable rehousing, the housing authority had left KS in the same band on its rehousing system. The council’s overall handling of the case was held to be unlawful on multiple grounds. The case is very instructive on the co-operation required between departments where care and housing needs overlap. Written by Kevin Long, Housing Solicitor, Hackney Community Law Centre.
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