Tsfayo v The United Kingdom: ECHR 14 Nov 2006

The applicant challenged the prodecures for deciding her appeal against the council’s refusal to pay backdated housing benefits. She complained that the availability of judicial review of the decision was not adequate.
Held: The system did not provide a fair system. The Board was not itself independent of the Council whose decision it looked at since members of the panel were representatives of the bodies who would pay the benefits, and the judicial review proceedings would be unable to look again at the findings of fact, and would therefore be an inadequate form of appeal: ‘While the High Court had the power to quash the decision if it considered, among other things, that there was no evidence to support the HBRB’s factual findings, or that its findings were plainly untenable, or that the HBRB had misunderstood or been ignorant of an established and relevant fact, it did not have jurisdiction to rehear the evidence or substitute its own views as to the applicant’s credibility. Thus, in the applicant’s case, there was never the possibility that the central issue would be determined by a tribunal that was independent of one of the parties to the dispute. It followed that there had been a violation of Article 6 ss 1.’


Casadevall, P


Times 23-Nov-2006, [2006] ECHR 981, 11111/04, [2006] ECHR 1158, [2007] ECHR 656, [2007] BLGR 1, [2007] HLR 19, (2009) 48 EHRR 18


Bailii, Bailii


European Convention on Human Rights 6.1


Human Rights

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Human Rights, Housing

Updated: 03 August 2022; Ref: scu.246674