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Regina (on the Application of A) v National Asylum Support Service, London Borough of Waltham Forest: CA 23 Oct 2003

A family of asylum seekers with two disabled children would be destitute without ‘adequate’ accommodation. What was such accommodation? Held: The authority was under an absolute duty to house such a family. In satisfying such duty, it was adequate to place them immediately in temporary accommodation which would be adequate in the short term, pending … Continue reading Regina (on the Application of A) v National Asylum Support Service, London Borough of Waltham Forest: CA 23 Oct 2003

Westminster City Council v National Asylum Support Service: CA 10 Apr 2001

Citations: [2001] EWCA Civ 512, (2001) 33 HLR 83, (2001) 4 CCL Rep 143 Links: Bailii Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948 21 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: Appeal from – Westminster City Council v National Asylum Support Service Admn 27-Feb-2001 . . Cited by: Appeal from – Westminster City Council v National Asylum Support Service … Continue reading Westminster City Council v National Asylum Support Service: CA 10 Apr 2001

Westminster City Council v National Asylum Support Service: Admn 27 Feb 2001

Judges: Stanley Burnton J Citations: [2001] EWHC Admin 138 Links: Bailii Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948 21 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Appeal from – Westminster City Council v National Asylum Support Service CA 10-Apr-2001 . .At first instance – Westminster City Council v National Asylum Support Service HL 17-Oct-2002 The applicant sought assistance … Continue reading Westminster City Council v National Asylum Support Service: Admn 27 Feb 2001

Victor Chandler International v Commissioners of Customs and Excise and another: CA 8 Mar 2000

A teletext page can be a document for gaming licensing purposes. A bookmaker sought to advertise his services via a teletext page. His services were not licensed in this country, but the advertisements were. It was held that despite the insubstantial nature of a teletext broadcast, the page constituted, sufficiently for the Act, ‘an advertisement … Continue reading Victor Chandler International v Commissioners of Customs and Excise and another: CA 8 Mar 2000

Westminster City Council v National Asylum Support Service: HL 17 Oct 2002

The applicant sought assistance from the local authority. He suffered from spinal myeloma, was destitute and an asylum seeker. Held: Although the Act had withdrawn the obligation to provide assistance for many asylum seekers, those who were infirm and whose infirmity was not a consequence of their destitution, had not been excluded. Only able bodied … Continue reading Westminster City Council v National Asylum Support Service: HL 17 Oct 2002

Regina v National Insurance Commissioner, Ex parte Secretary of State for Social Services; In re Packer: CA 1981

Mrs Packer, a lady of eighty-three, claimed an attendance allowance under the Act of 1975 in respect of the cooking of her meals which she could not do herself. The Commissioner thought that eating was a bodily function and that cooking was so closely connected with it that it constituted ‘attention’ in connection with a … Continue reading Regina v National Insurance Commissioner, Ex parte Secretary of State for Social Services; In re Packer: CA 1981

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B v London Borough of Lewisham and Another: Admn 17 Apr 2008

Judges: Black J Citations: [2008] EWHC 738 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Special Guardianship Regulations 2005, National Assistance Act 1948 21 24, Adoption and Children Act 2002 Cited by: Cited – Barrett v Kirklees Metropolitan Council Admn 12-Mar-2010 The claimant challenged the policy of the defendant to pay support to special guardians appointed under the 2002 … Continue reading B v London Borough of Lewisham and Another: Admn 17 Apr 2008

Regina (Bernard and Another) v Enfield Borough Council: Admn 25 Oct 2002

The claimants were husband and wife. They had six children. The wife was severely disabled and confined to a wheelchair. The defendant Council provided the family with a small house but in breach, as they ultimately accepted, of section 21(1) (a) of the National Assistance Act, failed to provide the family with accommodation suited to … Continue reading Regina (Bernard and Another) v Enfield Borough Council: Admn 25 Oct 2002

Bernard, Regina (on the Application of) v London Borough of Enfield: Admn 25 Oct 2002

The claimants were husband and wife. They had six children. The wife was severely disabled and confined to a wheelchair. In breach of their duty under section 21(1)(a) of the 1948 Act, the respondent council failed for some 20 months to provide the family with accommodation suited to her disability. The consequences were appalling. The … Continue reading Bernard, Regina (on the Application of) v London Borough of Enfield: Admn 25 Oct 2002

Lambeth London Borough Council v Ireneschild: CA 16 Mar 2007

The tenant held a secure tenancy of a first floor flat of the Council. She was severely disabled and argued that the danger of injury meant that she should be allowed to occupy the empty ground floor flat. She complained at the way the authority had relied on reports she had not seen. The authority … Continue reading Lambeth London Borough Council v Ireneschild: CA 16 Mar 2007

Hetoja, Regina (on the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: Admn 24 Oct 2002

The applicant was an asylum seeker reliant upon the respondent for housing, being otherwise destitute. She sought housing which would not split up her extended family. She claimed that the regulations excluded from the respondent’s decision making process an element, her right to respect for family life, which he was obliged under the Convention to … Continue reading Hetoja, Regina (on the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: Admn 24 Oct 2002

Regina (Heather and Another) v Leonard Cheshire Foundation: CA 21 Mar 2002

The appellants appealed rejection of their application for judicial review. They were long term residents in a nursing home, which the respondents had decided to close. Held: Though the respondent did exercise some public functions, and its activities were in part paid for by public authorities, its activity of providing residential accommodation was not a … Continue reading Regina (Heather and Another) v Leonard Cheshire Foundation: CA 21 Mar 2002

Regina on the Application of Goldsmith v The London Borough of Wandsworth: CA 27 Aug 2004

The claimant, a very elderly lady had lived in a residential home for some time. She fell and was admitted to hospital. The respondent said she could only leave the hospital to go to a nursing home. She and her family sought her return to the residential home she knew. Held: The Authority’s decision making … Continue reading Regina on the Application of Goldsmith v The London Borough of Wandsworth: CA 27 Aug 2004

Regina, ex parte O v The London Borough of Haringey, The Secretary of State for the Home Department: CA 4 May 2004

The court considered the duties of local authorities to support infirm asylum seekers with children. Held: The authority had an obligation to support the adult, but the responsibility for the children fell on the National Asylum Support Service. Judges: Lord Justice Rix, LCJ, Lord Justice Carnwath Citations: [2004] EWCA Civ 535, Times 27-May-2004, [2004] 2 … Continue reading Regina, ex parte O v The London Borough of Haringey, The Secretary of State for the Home Department: CA 4 May 2004

Wahid v London Borough of Tower Hamlets: CA 7 Mar 2002

Gilliatt The appellant suffered from schizophrenia. He was refused permission to apply for judicial review and for orders requiring the local authority not just to provide suitable accommodation but better accommodation as a person in need of care and attention under s 21(1) of the National Assistance Act 1948. The court decided that in a … Continue reading Wahid v London Borough of Tower Hamlets: CA 7 Mar 2002

Kharazmi v London Borough of Lambeth: Admn 11 Feb 2002

The claimant was in local authority housing. She was disabled and sought leave to apply for judicial review of the authority’s failure to include her in a priority category for rehousing. Held: In view of the impending Court of Appeal decision in Wahid, her case may be arguable and she should be given leave to … Continue reading Kharazmi v London Borough of Lambeth: Admn 11 Feb 2002

Regina (Wahid) v The London Borough of Tower Hamlets: Admn 23 Aug 2001

The applicant sought assistance under the National Assistance Act, in the form of housing. He suffered mental illness and was vulnerable. It was argued that the Act imposed a duty on the authority which was regardless of its budgetary limitations. The Act sought to satisfy a need for care with housing provision. It is a … Continue reading Regina (Wahid) v The London Borough of Tower Hamlets: Admn 23 Aug 2001

Rahma Khana (By Her Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor) v Mayor and Burgesses of London Borough of Southwark: CA 28 Jun 2001

The applicant was an elderly Iraqi lady with poor sight and mental illness. The local authority decided that she needed care in a residential home. She applied for a two bed-roomed ground floor flat, which would allow her to live with her extended family and among others who spoke her language. The court held that … Continue reading Rahma Khana (By Her Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor) v Mayor and Burgesses of London Borough of Southwark: CA 28 Jun 2001

Regina v Westminster City Council ex parte A, London Borough of Lambeth ex parte X and similar: CA 17 Feb 1997

This was an appeal from orders of certiorari quashing the decisions of three local authorities refusing to provide accommodation for the respondents, four asylum seekers, whose applications for asylum were presently being considered by the Secretary of State. Held: Appeal dismissed. Asylum seekers are not entitled merely because they lack money and accommodation to claim … Continue reading Regina v Westminster City Council ex parte A, London Borough of Lambeth ex parte X and similar: CA 17 Feb 1997

Regina v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea ex parte Muriqi Kujtim: Admn 31 Mar 1999

A local authority’s duty to an asylum seeker to provide the basics of life, did not extend to a third re-housing attempt after the applicant had twice been evicted for the use of violence and breaches of house rules. Citations: Times 20-Apr-1999, [1999] EWHC Admin 285, (1999) 2 CCLR 340 Links: Bailii Statutes: National Assistance … Continue reading Regina v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea ex parte Muriqi Kujtim: Admn 31 Mar 1999

Sowden v Lodge: CA 21 Oct 2004

The court considered the awards of damages for personal injury as it may be affected by the operation of section 21 of the 1948 Act. Judges: Pill, Longmore, Scott Baker LJJ Citations: [2004] EWCA Civ 1370 Links: Bailii Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948 21 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Personal Injury, Damages Updated: 26 May 2022; … Continue reading Sowden v Lodge: CA 21 Oct 2004

Regina v Somerset County Council ex parte Faith Gertrude Harcombe (By Her Son and Next Friend David Peter Timothy Harcombe): Admn 28 Apr 1997

A charge placed upon a house by the respondent local authority to secure payment for residential care for the owner was valid. The authority had a broad discretion which it had validly exercised. Citations: Times 07-May-1997, [1997] EWHC Admin 422 Links: Bailii Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948, National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 (1992 … Continue reading Regina v Somerset County Council ex parte Faith Gertrude Harcombe (By Her Son and Next Friend David Peter Timothy Harcombe): Admn 28 Apr 1997

Regina v Secretary of State for Health Ex Parte Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council and Others: QBD 31 Jul 1997

Provision to asylum seekers denied other benefits of board and lodging must be in kind and not in cash Citations: Times 31-Jul-1997 Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948 21(1) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Appeal from – Regina v Secretary of State for Health ex parte Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council and Others CA … Continue reading Regina v Secretary of State for Health Ex Parte Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council and Others: QBD 31 Jul 1997

Steane and Another v Chief Adjudication Officer and Another: CA 19 Dec 1995

Attendance allowance could be granted to a care resident who didn’t apply via the Local Authority Social Services department.Attendance allowance payable to elderly person on transfer of nursing home into the private sector. Citations: Times 19-Dec-1995, Ind Summary 08-Jan-1996 Statutes: Social Security (Attendance Allowance)(No 2) Regulations 1975/598, National Assistance Act 1948 Jurisdiction: England and Wales … Continue reading Steane and Another v Chief Adjudication Officer and Another: CA 19 Dec 1995

Steane v Chief Adjudication Officer and Another: HL 8 Aug 1996

Since no payments had been made by the Local Authority for care, a care home resident was entitled to claim Attendance Allowance.Occupant of residential home paying charges himself may get attendance allowance. Citations: Gazette 09-Oct-1996, Times 08-Aug-1996, [1996] 1 WLR 1195 Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948 26 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: Appeal from – … Continue reading Steane v Chief Adjudication Officer and Another: HL 8 Aug 1996

Regina v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council, ex parte M; Regina v Similar Ex Parte P etc: QBD 8 Oct 1996

Destitute asylum seekers who were not entitled to welfare benefits could be in need of care and attention within the meaning of section 21 of the 1948 Act although they were no longer entitled to housing assistance or other social security benefits such as income support. The Act should be read so as to disallow … Continue reading Regina v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council, ex parte M; Regina v Similar Ex Parte P etc: QBD 8 Oct 1996

Regina v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council Ex Parte M etc: CA 17 Feb 1997

The court recognised the potential role of local authorities under section 21(1)(a) in meeting the needs of those seeking asylum and otherwise, but having benefits withheld pending determination of their claims. Asylum seekers who had been excluded from the benefits system are to be supported by the local authority. Judges: Lord Woolf MR, Waite, Henry … Continue reading Regina v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council Ex Parte M etc: CA 17 Feb 1997

Regina v Wandsworth London Borough Council, Ex Parte O; Leicester City Council, Ex Parte Bhikha: CA 7 Sep 2000

The applicants were immigrants awaiting determination of their applications for exceptional leave to remain, and who came to suffer from serious illness. Each applied for and was refused assistance from their local authority. Held: The refusals were unlawful. Where circumstances of need arose over and above needs arising from lack of accommodation and funds, then … Continue reading Regina v Wandsworth London Borough Council, Ex Parte O; Leicester City Council, Ex Parte Bhikha: CA 7 Sep 2000

Regina v Richmond London Borough Council, Ex Parte Watson; Regina v Manchester City Council, Ex Parte Stennett; etc: CA 28 Sep 2000

Local Authorities who found themselves obliged to provide care for former mental patients were not free to charge for the services. The section imposing the obligation could not be looked at as a gateway provision before services were provided under other statutory provisions. The references by other sections to services provided under this section made … Continue reading Regina v Richmond London Borough Council, Ex Parte Watson; Regina v Manchester City Council, Ex Parte Stennett; etc: CA 28 Sep 2000

Chief Adjudication Officer and Another v Quinn (For Jane Harris) and Another: HL 9 Oct 1996

LT Applicable amount – local authority accommodation leased to voluntary organisations – whether claimants are ‘persons in residential accommodation’ or are living in ‘residential care homes’ Judges: Lord Keith, Lord Mustill, Lord Slynn of Hadley, Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead and Lord Hope of Craighead Citations: Gazette 09-Oct-1996, Times 08-Aug-1996, [1996] UKSSCSC CIS – 298 – … Continue reading Chief Adjudication Officer and Another v Quinn (For Jane Harris) and Another: HL 9 Oct 1996

Regina (Khan) v Oxfordshire County Council: QBD 4 Oct 2002

The applicant sought review of the authority’s decision not to offer her housing. She was subject to immigration control. She had been the victim of domestic violence and of abduction. Held: The authority could provide assistance under either Act, unless prohibited by statute. The limitation in the 1948 statute did apply to restrict the authority’s … Continue reading Regina (Khan) v Oxfordshire County Council: QBD 4 Oct 2002

Regina v Westminster City Council and others ex parte M, P, A and X: CA 1997

Destitute asylum-seekers could derive benefit from section 21. Held: ‘The destitute condition to which asylum-seekers can be reduced as a result of the 1996 Act coupled with the period of time which, despite the Secretary of State’s best efforts, elapses before their applications are disposed of means inevitably that they can fall within a class … Continue reading Regina v Westminster City Council and others ex parte M, P, A and X: CA 1997

Regina v Secretary of State for Health ex parte Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council and Others: CA 9 Sep 1998

The provision by Local Authorities of assistance to destitute asylum seekers had to be by direct help and not by way of cash or cash substitutes (vouchers). Citations: Times 09-Sep-1998 Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948 21(1) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: Appeal from – Regina v Secretary of State for Health Ex Parte Hammersmith and … Continue reading Regina v Secretary of State for Health ex parte Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council and Others: CA 9 Sep 1998

Regina v Waltham Forest, Ex parte Vale: 11 Feb 1985

The court had to decide what was the ordinary reference under the 1948 of an adult without capacity. V had been in residential care in Ireland for over 20 years, but having left there had been with her mother for two weeks. The parties argued the case using the test in Shah. Held: The court … Continue reading Regina v Waltham Forest, Ex parte Vale: 11 Feb 1985

AW, Regina (on the Application of) v London Borough of Croydon; A D Y v London Borough of Hackney and Secretary of State for the Home Department: Admn 16 Dec 2005

Judges: Mr Justice Lloyd Jones Citations: [2005] EWHC 2950 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948 21 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Appeal from – Croydon and Another v AW, A and Y, Regina (on the Application of) CA 4-Apr-2007 The authority appealed a finding that it was responsible to provide support to … Continue reading AW, Regina (on the Application of) v London Borough of Croydon; A D Y v London Borough of Hackney and Secretary of State for the Home Department: Admn 16 Dec 2005

Surrey County Council v Burt: LRA 16 Sep 2010

LRA Charges and Charging Orders : Charges Imposed Pursuant To Statute – A local authority which has provided accommodation under section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948, following the refusal of the Primary Care Trust to provide care and accommodation, and has properly declared a charge over the property of the person for whom … Continue reading Surrey County Council v Burt: LRA 16 Sep 2010

Regina (Zarzour) v Hillingdon London Borough Council: CA 2009

The applicant Z awaited a decision on his asylum claim. He was blind, and needed help with dressing and laundry, with finding his way around his accommodation, and with shopping; he could not go out safely on his own. The judge upheld his claim to judicial review of the refusal to provide assistance under the … Continue reading Regina (Zarzour) v Hillingdon London Borough Council: CA 2009

Lindley, Regina (on the Application of) v Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council: Admn 21 Sep 2006

The claimant, aged 69 suffered from cerebral palsy. The council had provided his care but he said they had represented to him that care would be provided in a new facility, and claimed a legitimate expectation. The defendant said that its changed assessment of his needs meant that no representation could be expected to continue. … Continue reading Lindley, Regina (on the Application of) v Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council: Admn 21 Sep 2006

Regina v Sefton Borough Council ex parte Help the Aged: Admn 26 Mar 1997

A Local Authority was entitled to look to its financial resources before setting the standards and levels of care it could provide. Citations: Times 27-Mar-1997, [1997] EWHC Admin 338 Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948 2(1)(a) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Appeal from – Regina v Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council ex parte Help the Aged … Continue reading Regina v Sefton Borough Council ex parte Help the Aged: Admn 26 Mar 1997

Regina v Newham London Borough Council, Ex Parte Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and Others: QBD 26 Dec 1997

The requirement to provide accommodation did not necessarily include a requirement for provision of board. Any such requirement must be justified by some other section of the Act. Citations: Times 26-Dec-1997 Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948 Part III Jurisdiction: England and Wales Benefits, Local Government, Housing Updated: 10 April 2022; Ref: scu.88569

Regina v Wandsworth London Borough Council Ex Parte Beckwith: QBD 21 Apr 1995

A Local Authority must maintain some facilities to provide each type of social care it was required to supply. Citations: Independent 21-Apr-1995, Times 05-Jun-1995 Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948 21 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Appeal from – Regina v Wandsworth London Borough Council Ex Parte Beckwith CA 29-Jun-1995 Local Authority may cease to … Continue reading Regina v Wandsworth London Borough Council Ex Parte Beckwith: QBD 21 Apr 1995

Regina v Lambeth London Borough Council ex parte Sarhangi: QBD 9 Dec 1998

Where someone entered the UK with permission but overstayed, was imprisoned and ordered to be deported, but could not for some reason leave despite being willing, that person was not dis-entitled to receive residential assistance under the Act. Citations: Times 09-Dec-1998 Statutes: National Assistance Act 1948 21(1) Benefits Updated: 09 April 2022; Ref: scu.87106

In Re Z (Local Authority: Duty): FD 3 Dec 2004

Mrs Z suffered a terminal disease, and sought to travel to Switzerland supported and assisted by her husband, so that she could terminate her life. She appealed an injunction obtained by the authority to prevent her leaving. Held: The authority had been supporting her. When circumstances came to their attention suggesting she had made a … Continue reading In Re Z (Local Authority: Duty): FD 3 Dec 2004

Cornwall Council, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Health and Somerset County Council: SC 8 Jul 2015

PH had severe physical and learning disabilities and was without speech, lacking capacity to decide for himself where to live. Since the age of four he received accommodation and support at public expense. Until his majority in December 2004, he was living with foster parents in South Gloucestershire. He then lived in two care homes … Continue reading Cornwall Council, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Health and Somerset County Council: SC 8 Jul 2015

Kent County Council, Regina (on The Application of) v The Secretary of State for Health and Others: CA 11 Feb 2015

The court was asked as to which of a number of local authorities should be responsible for funding the residential accommodation of a disabled adult pursuant to section 21 of the 1948 Act. In particular, it concerns the proper construction of section 24(5) which deems a person to be ordinarily resident in a local authority … Continue reading Kent County Council, Regina (on The Application of) v The Secretary of State for Health and Others: CA 11 Feb 2015

Robson and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Salford City Council: Admn 23 Oct 2014

The claimants who all suffered disability complained of the withdrawal by the respondent of its Passenger Transport Unit, which had provided support to them in attending local day care facilities. Held: The request for judicial review failed. Davies J described the statutory scheme: ‘It is common ground that the defendant is obliged under section 29 … Continue reading Robson and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Salford City Council: Admn 23 Oct 2014

Walford, Regina (on The Application of) v Worchestershire County Council: Admn 10 Feb 2014

The Claimant challenged the decision of the Respondent to uphold its reversal of a previous decision to disregard a property, Sunnydene, Astley Burf, Stourport-on-Severn owned by the Claimant’s elderly mother, in calculating her mother’s ability to pay care home charges. Held: The decision was quashed and returned for reconsideration. While the Council had rightly believed … Continue reading Walford, Regina (on The Application of) v Worchestershire County Council: Admn 10 Feb 2014

Aster Healthcare Ltd v Shafi (Estate of): QBD 24 Jan 2014

The defendant executor appealed from summary judgment in favour of the claimant in respect of outstanding care home fees. Andrews DBE J [2014] EWHC 77 (QB), [2014] PTSR 888, [2014] WLR(D) 42 Bailii, WLRD Mental Capacity Act 2005, National Assistance Act 1948, National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 England and Wales Contract, Health, … Continue reading Aster Healthcare Ltd v Shafi (Estate of): QBD 24 Jan 2014

Neath and Port Talbot Council v Secretary of State for Health: Admn 31 Jul 2013

The court was asked which of two the local authorities should pay for the continuing care of a man now nearing 50 years of age who suffered severe brain injury in a road traffic accident in 2005. He lacked mental capacity and required 24 hours’ care. The issue of funding in turn depended upon the … Continue reading Neath and Port Talbot Council v Secretary of State for Health: Admn 31 Jul 2013

Kent County Council v Fremlin: LRA 14 Jan 2011

Charges and Charging Orders : Charges Imposed Pursuant To Statute – Where an objection is made to the Chief Land Registrar under section73 of the Land Registration Act 2002 by somebody who would not be an appropriate party in respect of the dispute if there were court proceedings, the Adjudicator has a discretion how to … Continue reading Kent County Council v Fremlin: LRA 14 Jan 2011

McDonald, Regina (on The Application of) v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: SC 6 Jul 2011

The claimant, a former prima ballerina, had suffered injury as she grew old. She came to suffer a condition requiring her to urinate at several points during each night. The respondent had been providing a carer to stay with her each night to provide the assistance neceesary to access the commode. The claimant now appealed … Continue reading McDonald, Regina (on The Application of) v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: SC 6 Jul 2011

YL v Birmingham City Council and Others: HL 20 Jun 2007

The House was asked whether a private care home when providing accommodation and care to a resident under arrangements with a local authority the 1948 Act, is performing ‘functions of a public nature’ for the purposes of section 6(3)(b) of the Human Rights Act 1998 and as such a ‘public authority’ subject to Convention rights … Continue reading YL v Birmingham City Council and Others: HL 20 Jun 2007

SL v Westminster City Council: SC 9 May 2013

The applicant for assistance from the respondent Council under the 1948 Act was a destitute, homeless failed asylum seeker. He had been admitted to hospital for psychiatric care, but the Council had maintained that his condition was part of and derived from his destitution, and that they had no obligation to assist. He had failed … Continue reading SL v Westminster City Council: SC 9 May 2013

M, Regina (on the Application of) v Slough Borough Council: HL 30 Jul 2008

The House was asked ‘whether a local social services authority is obliged, under section 21(1)(a) of the 1948 Act, to arrange (and pay for) residential accommodation for a person subject to immigration control who is HIV positive but whose only needs, other than for a home and subsistence, are for medication prescribed by his doctor … Continue reading M, Regina (on the Application of) v Slough Borough Council: HL 30 Jul 2008