On 3 November Mike Hyden and I recorded the first of what I hope will be regular streaming video sessions during which we discussed legal issues around homelessness. This was a test run to see if we could produce something rather than just talking about doing so.
On the video I have added text at various points referring to further information being available on the show notes which is this post. The items referred to are:-
Mike Hyden's Homelessness Best Practice YouTube Channel
Homelessness Best Practice FaceBook Group
Crossley v Westminster CC  EWCA Civ 535,  H.L.R. 26
This is the case Mike refers to concerning drug addiction and vulnerability
ICD10 - The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision
Mike refers to this in the context of obtaining evidence regarding drug addiction as a medical condition or an indicator of medical conditions rather than being simply a lifestyle choice.
The Localism Act 2011
This is the Act which I refer to as having allowed local authorities to discharge their duties to homeless persons by making them offers of private sector accommodation rather than just providing social housing.
R v Hillingdon LBC, ex parte Puhlhofer  AC 484
This is the old case I referred to where the court held that accommodation did not have to be suitable but just had to be something which could be described as accommodation.
Homelessness Reduction Act 2017
This is the Act which I refer to as having introduced a duty to carry out a detailed assessment of an applicant's housing needs.
The Equality Act 2010
This is the Act which I refer to as setting out the legal framework for defining a disability and disability discrimination
Blackwood v Redbridge LBC 2022
This the recent case which I could not remember the name of in which it was held that hotel accommodation was not suitable for a recovering drug addict.
The Equality Act 2010 (Disability) Regulations 2010
These are the regulations which Mike referred to which provide that drug addition can be a disability where the drugs were prescribed.
The Care Act 2014
This is the Act which Mike refers to as setting out duties on local authorities to provide support services
A Subject Access Request is what Mike refers to as the means for applying for a copy of the council's file under the Data Protection Act 2018
Luke Clements - Clustered Injustice
This is is the book which I refer to when talking about legal problems not being discrete or self contained. There is interview with Luke Clements about the book at Legal Action Group Podcast - Interview with Luke Clements
The Children Act 1989
This the act which I refer to and which places a duty on local authorities to provide support for children found to be in need.
If you would like to hear more about any of these issues please leave a comment.
The next Live Stream is due to 6pm on Thursday 17 November. I will post a link to the site.