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Supreme Court grants permission to appeal in Samuels v Birmingham City Council

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As reported by the community law partnership the Supreme Court has granted Ms Samuels permission to appeal -

In October 2015 the Court of Appeal dismissed Ms Samuels’ appeal against the decision of HHJ Worcester, dismissing her s204 homeless appeal against the decision of Birmingham City Council that she was intentionally homeless because she could have made up the shortfall between her rent and her Housing Benefit from her subsistence benefits, but failed to do so.

 

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Confirmation from the Supreme Court that the case has been given permission:

https://www.supremecourt.uk/docs/permission-to-appeal-2018-02.pdf

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Set to be in heard in the Supreme Court ... 31 January 2019:

https://www.supremecourt.uk/docs/hilary-term-2019.pdf

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Community Law Partnership have tweeted to say that -

Shelter and CPAG have been given permission to intervene in the case of Samuels v Birmingham City Council to be heard by UKSC on 31/1/19

https://twitter.com/clpsolicitors/status/1075713691465760768

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Supreme Court judgment handed down - appeal allowed unanimously -

The appeal is therefore allowed, and the review decision quashed. In light of the information available to the Court, Lord Carnwath finds it hard to see on what basis the finding of intentional homelessness could be properly upheld. He therefore hopes that on reconsideration the council will be able to accept full responsibility under Part VII of the 1996 Act for Ms Samuels and her family

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This is a massive victory. Well done CPAG and Shelter. Nice to see Martin quoted all over the place :)

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Well done Community Law Partnership as well. They do a lot of work in this sphere as well as their Traveller Advice Team which is the backbone for those of us working with itinerant communites.