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BRENT FAMILY LOSES HOUSING APPEAL

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A Brent family has lost its high court appeal against Brent LBC housing department which the family alleges failed ...
A Brent family has lost its high court appeal against Brent LBC housing department which the family alleges failed to provide suitable accommodation for a severely autistic child.

Dennis Sawyer, 13, is in council care but fostered by his grandparents who have been trying to get rehoused for eight years. They argued that under s23 of the Children Act 1989 councils should provide appropriate housing for disabled children in its care. Although the council says the Sawyers could force the government to review the situation under s84, Department of Health lawyers argued successfully this was not appropriate. The judge ruled the Sawyers needed to invoke the complaints procedure under s26 of the Act instead.
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