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HOMELESS TEST CASE

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Councils can discharge their duty to house the homeless by arranging private sector tenancies, according to a High ...
Councils can discharge their duty to house the homeless by arranging private sector tenancies, according to a High Court judgment.

Judge Louis Blom-Cooper QC said Wandsworth LBC had discharged its duty to eight former homeless people by housing them in assured shorthold tenancies.

Lawyers for the eight had claimed the council's policy was throwing many homeless people into a poverty trap.

Some were paying nearly three times more rent than council tenants and were having to make up shortfalls in housing benefit payments from income support, they said.

The eight were all unemployed and said they had 'no incentive to work' because they could not afford the rents without housing benefit.

But the court rejected the arguments, saying the law did not require an assessment of whether the policy was 'socially acceptable'.

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