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ISLINGTON'S BEST NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR MURDER WITNESS

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The Daily Telegraph (p3) reports the case of a woman's fight with Islington LBC to be rehoused after she was forced...
The Daily Telegraph (p3) reports the case of a woman's fight with Islington LBC to be rehoused after she was forced to leave her council flat because of testifying in a murder trial. The council had offered her three alternative homes, all of which she rejected, saying they were in run-down estates, and not as good as her previous home.

She went to the high court to try to force the council to provide her with more suitable accommodation. Ruling against the woman (whose identity was not disclosed for her own safety), the judge said that while it was 'wholly understandable' that she wanted a comparable home after doing her public duty, she had not been disadvantaged by the council. The judge also refused her leave to take her case to the court of appeal.

A spokesman for the council said that the authority had exceeded its legal obligations to the woman: 'but homes with gardens in Islington are like gold dust and have become even harder to find since tenants were given the right to buy in the early 1980s.' He added that existing legislation did not recognise people being forced to move for their own safety as a priority on housing waiting lists. The problem will be addressed by the government which has set up a working party to examine support for crime victims before, during and after a trial.
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