Seaside exile for homeless `unlawful'
Saturday 27 November 1999
The policy operated by the London Borough of Newham for providing "last resort" emergency accommodation was judged to be "too rigid and too narrow".
The policy wrongly left the council free to provide accommodation anywhere outside its own district "regardless of the difficulties" it would cause for homeless families, said Mr Justice Dyson. In future, council housing officials had properly to consider the individual circumstances of each family.
In the same case the judge ruled that people facing eviction became homeless when possession orders took effect - not, as Newham claimed, on the day of actual eviction.
The eviction date ruling "will oblige all local authorities to provide interim accommodation much earlier", said David Matthias, appearing for the housing authority.
The decision was won by seven homeless families who had been put up in bed-and-breakfast accommodation in resorts such as Great Yarmouth, Brighton and Southend while their applications for more permanent housing were under consideration.
All seven had been brought back and offered temporary accommodation in London after launching their legal action. Newham now faces a legal- costs bill for all seven cases unofficially estimated at not less than pounds 20,000.
A spokesman for Newham said today's ruling had added to "the spiralling crisis of homelessness in the capital".
- 1 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 5 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who left house after argument with her parents
Alton Towers crash: Four guests seriously injured as Smiler ride carriages collide
Charles Kennedy dead: A guy once asked the Lib Dem leader who his favourite Muppet was and his letter response was wonderful
Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
£26000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A successful national service f...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£17500 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We currently require an experie...
£50000 - £100000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Partner Manager is required ...