A council spokesman said: 'This is a difficult, complex issue. Obviously we are pleased that the court found in Lambeth's favour but we are conscious that there may be further legal action so we can't make any more comment.'
court's decision in R (A)- v - Lambeth LBC. In issue is the question
whether a social services authority has power to help a family who is
intentionally homeless with its accommodation problems.
The judgment, supported by a summary, is available online .
Since last year's ruling, Shelter has been pressing the government to amend the Children Act to protect homeless families from having their children taken into care. In an Observer newspaper investigation last December, Shelter emphasised the devastation caused to families whose children were taken into care as a result of the ruling.
Ben Jackson, Shelter's external affairs director said: 'We welcome this appeal court decision but Shelter now wants the government to press ahead with an amendment to the Children Act to ensure families are no longer torn apart simply because they are homeless. Last year's judgement flew in the face of the Children Act's fundamental principle to keep homeless families together.'