Ending duties after the HRA

R (OAO Harris) v London Borough of Islington. High Court (Admin) CO/1282/2019 (unreported, settled March 2019.). This is a settled judicial review, I’ve seen the grounds, interim order and final consent order. It raises a number of issues about the performance of the new Housing Act 1996 Part VII duties as amended by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. The judicial review was of two decisions by Islington following a homeless application by Mr Harris. Mr H had been accommodated in a supported studio flat by St Mungos between 2012 and 2016. He has congenital hip dysplasia and had both hips replaced over 20 years ago. The right hip replacement has deteriorated and is to be replaced again. He had sepsis in the right hip. Mr H also has a dog, Lola, to whom he is very attached (this will become relevant). Mr H’s occupation of the studio flat became difficult when his ESA claim was terminated on the DWP finding him fit for work, and with it his housing benefit. Mr H did…

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