Estate residents challenge Lambeth bullying 
Public Interest Law Centre Blog
by PILU
7M ago
Poster advertising TRA meeting. PILC is in the initial states of a prospective legal challenge to the proposed ‘regeneration’ (demolition) of the Central Hill Estate in Lambeth. On 14 July our Saskia O’Hara attended a residents’ meeting on the estate to update the local community on the progress of the case. The meeting, organised by Central Hill’s Tenants and Residents Association (TRA), was a success. Residents learnt about their rights around issues ranging from repairs to the legal requirements for redevelopment consultations and the right of judicial review.  But if Lambeth council h ..read more
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Estate ballots report shows need for residents’ fund
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by PILU
7M ago
Photo: Focus E15 A London Assembly member has released the findings of an investigative report into questionable practices in estate-redevelopment ballots. As Saskia O’Hara argues, the report will lend weight to calls for a Resident Empowerment Fund to reduce the power imbalance between councils and developers on one hand and local people on the other. Sian Berry’s new report on estate ballots, reported on in yesterday’s Guardian, is delicately framed and phrased. When read between the lines, however, it offers a significant indictment of the state of local democracy in London. Based on resear ..read more
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Housing associations & JR: update
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by PILU
9M ago
Image: Malc McDonald In a case brought by PILC on behalf of a domestic abuse survivor, the High Court has ruled that decisions taken by housing associations around the consideration and refusal of management transfers are subject to judicial review.   In our latest blog, Izzy Mulholland explains the significance of the ruling both in terms of legal precedent and the practical implications for survivors. What’s going on? In 2021, our client T, a survivor of domestic abuse, applied for a management transfer that would allow her to move to new accommodation where she and her c ..read more
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‘This system was created for people with easy lives’
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by PILU
11M ago
In 2019-21 PILC supported hundreds of EU citizens and their family members to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).  We’ve continued to monitor the scheme post-deadline, assisting clients to challenge delays and refusals and access proof of their immigration status through the Home Office’s ‘view and prove’ portal. As we and others predicted, the government’s refusal to issue physical proof of status has had  disastrous results for some of the poorest EU citizens living in the UK. In many cases, including where homeless people need to prove their status to access vital social as ..read more
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Q&A: Why housing associations must protect survivors
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by PILU
1y ago
Image: Nicobobinus – licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 We’re in the High Court today for a hearing on a judicial-review challenge our client is bringing against Network Homes. The challenge relates to the housing association’s refusal to allow T, a domestic abuse survivor, to move to new accommodation where she and her children will be safe. The court will also consider in what circumstances judicial review challenges can be brought against housing associations. In the latest in our series of Q&As on PILC legal cases, we outline the basis for the challenge and explore the wider issues raised by ..read more
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Q&A: Challenging unfair EUSS delays
Public Interest Law Centre Blog
by PILU
1y ago
Image by dullhunk – licensed under CC BY 2.0 In November we issued a claim for permission to apply for judicial review of the Home Office’s delay in processing the application for settled status of an EU citizen facing pending criminal charges. In the second in our series of Q&As on PILC legal cases, we outline the basis for the challenge and explore the wider issues raised by this case. What’s the issue? Our client, F, is a Polish citizen who has lived in the UK since 2006. He applied for settled status in September 2020 but has not yet received a decision on his application. F has been t ..read more
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Coming together to support survivors
Public Interest Law Centre Blog
by PILU
1y ago
© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk Today sees the launch of the Domestic Abuse and Housing Forum (DAHF), created by PILC in response to the increasing obstacles domestic abuse survivors face when seeking housing support from local authorities. In our latest blog, legal caseworker Isabella Mulholland explains what the forum will do and why it’s needed. For the last three years, I’ve been working with domestic abuse survivors to support them to access safe housing. Before coming to PILC as a legal caseworker, I was a homelessness advocate worker in a winter night shelter. In both roles I’ve been ..read more
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What’s wrong with the new JR bill?
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by PILU
1y ago
The Judicial Review and Courts Bill has been slowly making its way through Parliament since July. In our latest blog, senior solicitor Paul Heron looks at the first two clauses in the bill and explains why they should be of concern to lawyers and social-justice campaigners. (You can read the government’s Explanatory Note about the bill here, and check what stage the bill is at here.) Judicial review is the legal procedure by which the courts examine the lawfulness of a decision made, or action taken, by a public body. It is a key tool used by PILC and other public-interest lawyers to challeng ..read more
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Will COP26 solve the climate crisis – or will it be a cop out?
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by PILU
1y ago
As politicians and protestors gather in Glasgow for the UN climate change conference, PILC senior solicitor Paul Heron blogs about the role strategic litigation should play within the mass movement required to tackle the climate emergency. The latest report to the UN of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contains stark warnings—and calls the current situation faced by our planet a ‘Code Red.’ Without decisive action to cut greenhouse emissions, there is little prospect of keeping average global temperature increases down to the 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius targeted in the 2015 C ..read more
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Q&A: Southwark overcrowding case
Public Interest Law Centre Blog
by PILU
1y ago
At the beginning of October PILC issued a claim for permission to apply for judicial review of Southwark council’s housing allocations policy. In the first in a new series of Q&As on PILC legal cases, we outline the basis for the challenge as well as exploring the wider implications of our client’s case. What’s the issue? Our client, Milton, lives with his wife, son and daughter in a privately rented studio apartment in Southwark. They are severely overcrowded and have endured extremely cramped housing conditions for almost five years. The family applied to join Southwark’s housing registe ..read more
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