Social Welfare Updates

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

Housing | Monday 28 October 2019

Social Welfare Update: Notice requirements in ground 15A cases

Yildiz v Hackney LBC [2019] EWCA Civ 133, 24 July 2019

Connor Johnston

Housing, Mental health | Wednesday 23 October 2019

Social Welfare Update: PSED and possession proceedings

Forward v Aldwyck Housing Group Limited [2019] EWCA Civ 1334, 29 July 2019

Connor Johnston

Housing | Tuesday 16 July 2019

Social Welfare Update: Application of notice requirement under s21(1B) Housing Act 1988 during probationary period of AST

Livewest Homes Ltd v Bamber [2019] EWCA Civ 1174, 10 July 2019

Connor Johnston

Housing | Tuesday 16 July 2019

Social Welfare Update: Prioritisation of orthodox Jewish community in allocating social housing did not result in unlawful discrimination

R (Z) v Hackney LBC and Agudas Israel Housing Association [2019] EWCA Civ 1099, 27 June 2019

Connor Johnston

Housing | Tuesday 16 July 2019

Social Welfare Update: Affordability of accommodation and intentional homelessness

Samuels v Birmingham City Council [2019] UKSC 28, 12 June 2019

Connor Johnston

Housing | Tuesday 16 July 2019

Social Welfare Update: PSED and possession claims

London and Quadrant Housing Trust v Patrick [2019] EWHC 1263 (QB), 23 May 2019

Desmond Rutledge

Welfare benefits | Wednesday 29 May 2019

Social Welfare Update: Court of Appeal rules that evidence of a person’s motives, intentions and expectations was not to be ignored when deciding the ‘genuine and sufficient link’ test for disability benefits

Kavanagh & Anor v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2019] EWCA Civ 272, Sir Terence Etherton MR, McCombe, Haddon-Cave LJJ; 07 March 2019.

Desmond Rutledge

Welfare benefits | Tuesday 28 May 2019

Social Welfare Update: Someone who is appealing a decision to refuse an application to vary leave is classified as a person subject to immigration control under s.115(9)(d) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and therefore excluded from benefits

EE v City of Cardiff (HB) [2018] UKUT 418 (AAC), 11 December 2018, UTJ R Poynter

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