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Our social welfare pages provide bite-sized updates on recent case-law and policy, written by Garden Court barristers specialising in adult social care, children’s services, Court of Protection (health and welfare), housing and homelessness, and welfare benefits.

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Connor Johnston

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Social Welfare Update: Children Act 1989 s17 - flawed assessment of destitution

R (JA, GA, and EF (by their mother/aunt and litigation friend AA) v Bexley LBC [2019] EWHC 130 (Admin), 1 February 2019

Bethan Harris

Capacity, Court of Protection | Tuesday 23 April 2019

Social Welfare Update: Court of Protection - Best interests decisions in respect of a person suffering from end stage dementia

Hounslow CCG v RW (by his litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) and Others [2019] EWCOP 12, Hayden J, Vice President of the Court of Protection, 29 March 2019 PW v (1) Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and (2) RW (by his litigati

Bethan Harris

Capacity, Court of Protection | Tuesday 23 April 2019

Social Welfare Update: High Court's inherent jurisdiction for the protection of vulnerable adults used to prevent a person from returning home to a life-threatening situation

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council v Mr Meyers [2019] EWHC 399 (Fam), Hayden J, 20 February 2019

Bethan Harris

Capacity, Court of Protection | Tuesday 23 April 2019

Social Welfare Update: Assessing capacity to make decisions on use of internet and social media

Re A (Capacity: Social Media and Internet Use: Best Interests) [2019] EWCOP 2, 21 February 2019, Cobb J Re B (Capacity: Social Media: Care and Contact) [2019] EWCOP 3, 21 February 2019, Cobb J

Bethan Harris

Capacity, Court of Protection | Tuesday 23 April 2019

Social Welfare Update: High Court's inherent jurisdiction for the protection of vulnerable adults - permission to appeal refused against interim order requiring a person to reside in a care home

A Local Authority v BF [2018] EWCA Civ 2962, Baker LJ, 1 December 2018

Connor Johnston

Adult social care, Housing | Tuesday 23 April 2019

Social Welfare Update: Occupation agreement with homeless applicant did not attract security of tenure

Mohamed v Barnet LBC [2019] EWHC 1012 (QB), 17 April 2019

Connor Johnston

Housing | Tuesday 23 April 2019

Social Welfare Update: 10-year residence requirement in allocation scheme discriminatory

Ward v Hillingdon LBC; Gullu v Hillingdon LBC [2019] EWCA Civ 692, 16 April 2019

Connor Johnston

Housing | Thursday 31 January 2019

Social Welfare Update: Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and possession proceedings (2)

Powell v Dacorum BC [2019] EWCA 23, 24 January 2019

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