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A judge has strongly criticised a London borough over its handling of the assessment of a family’s accommodation needs.

Darryl Allen QC, sitting as a deputy High Court judge, said Southwark Council had been in breach of its duty to make reasonable enquiries under section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

The case of AA, R (On the Application Of) v The London Borough of Southwark [2020] EWHC 2487 (Admin) involved claimant AA, who has two children. She sought judicial review on grounds of alleged failures to re-assess her application after the submission of further information and to put relevant matters to her and make proper inquiries.

AA entered the UK unlawfully in 2010 and so had no recourse to public funds.

Read the full article here: Local Government Lawyer

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