High Court orders local authority to "cease" illegal policies with immediate effect

High Court orders local authority to "cease" illegal policies with immediate effect

Southwark Council must stop breaking the law by turning away homeless people who apply for housing in the borough, the High Court has ordered.

A successful judicial review, brought by solicitors acting for a homeless Iranian refugee, requires the London-based local authority to "cease with immediate effect the policies and practices", which led to the claimant and his family being told to look for accommodation in the private market before the council would investigate whether they were truly homeless.

Lara ten