Other areas of social welfare law

Housing

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7 August

41 per cent of homeless families in London housed in temporary accommodation for more than 2 years

Analysis of Freedom of Information requests by Shelter also suggests that around one in four households subject to the benefit cap in London are in temporary accommodation.

07 August, 2014

6 August

Requirement for landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants

New Home Office guide to new rules that will mean that, from late autumn 2014, landlords in some areas will need to check that tenants have a right to rent in the UK before letting a property to them.

06 August, 2014

Court of Appeal decision that Equality Act cases should be ‘summarily assessed’ to be appealed

Nearly Legal reports that permission to appeal in Aster Communities Ltd v Akerman-Livingstone was granted by the Supreme Court the day after the Court of Appeal's decision.

06 August, 2014

5 August

Housing (Scotland) Act 2014

New legislation that makes provision about housing in Scotland, including in relation to the abolition of the right to buy, social housing, the law affecting private housing, the regulation of letting agents and the licensing of sites for mobile homes.

05 August, 2014

Housing Minister welcomes introduction of higher Right to Buy discounts

New maximum discount caps mean that tenants can now benefit from up to £77,000 off the value of their home outside London, and £102,700 in the capital.

05 August, 2014

31 July

No Going Back – Breaking the cycle of rough sleeping and homelessness

New report from the London Assembly Housing Committee examines what happens to those who are not housed by councils, and looks at how homeless support services address the often complex needs of repeat rough sleepers.

31 July, 2014

30 July

Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Ltd

New Court of Appeal judgment which considers whether defences to possession proceedings under the Equality Act 2010 can be dealt with by the court summarily and without a full trial.

30 July, 2014

Whapples, R (on the application of) v Birmingham Crosscity Clinical Commissioning & Anor

New High Court judgment which considers whether an NHS body has an obligation under section 3 of the National Health Service Act 2006 to provide accommodation as part of the health care package which it should provide free of charge under the NHS.

30 July, 2014

29 July

Local Government Association calls for volunteers to be given a council tax discount

10 per cent reductions should be offered to 'community heroes' who improve life in their areas by giving up their time to do things like help run local libraries, museums and leisure centres, says LGA.

29 July, 2014

Kanu v The London Borough of Southwark

New Court of Appeal judgment that considers, in the context of the appellant having been found not to be in priority need for accommodation, whether the local authority's decision, that the support of his family meant that he would be no less able to cope than a homeless person without his health problems, was irrational or perverse.

29 July, 2014

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