Sam O'Flaherty Interviewed by ITV News
Sam O’Flaherty, a specialist housing litigation solicitor at Osbornes Law, who represents Shadacia, said: “Brent Council has been unlawfully denying hundreds of homeless applicants their right to bid on the housing list. What is most concerning is that this policy appears to have been in place for eight years and may have affected many more people than the council has on record, because of the way it records the data and the risk that it will not always recognise that someone meets the legal definition of ‘homeless’.”
“While we are pleased that the council has placed Shadacia on the housing list, it is shocking that they did not change their policy for everybody. It is a testament to the type of person Shadacia is that she is seeking this judicial review. Even though she has won her own case she is committed to helping the hundreds of vulnerable people in need of a home but who have been unlawfully abandoned by a policy leaving them homeless.”
Brent Council says they did not know about the issue with their policy until Shadacia’s solicitors wrote to them on 11 March 2021 raising it.
Brent Council has agreed to change its policy to allow the homeless unlawfully excluded under the present Allocation scheme to bid for housing under an amended scheme, but they have said that this will not take place until at least January or February 2022 because of their consultation and approval procedures. In the meantime, it says that it will try to identify those who have been affected, as well as new homeless applicants, and place them in to Band C so that they can bid.
However, Shadacia’s solicitor is concerned that there are problems with how Brent plans to do this, which could still leave many homeless households unable to bid for social housing, and that the extent of the delay is not justified. This has resulted in the High Court listing a hearing on these issues, which is due to take place on 27 October 2021. Osbornes Law have instructed expert housing barrister Tim Baldwin of Garden Court Chambers to represent Shadacia in the judicial review proceedings.
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