Westminster Council faces High Court challenge over homelessness policy

According to ‘Inside Housing’

“Westminster council’s policy to bar homeless people from bidding for social homes for 12 months is set to be challenged in the High Court.

Resident Hakima Alemi will say Westminster Council’s allocation policy, which suspends homeless people from bidding for social housing until a year after their homelessness acceptance, is unlawful.

Ms Alemi’s judicial review against the scheme, launched in October last year, was last week given permission to be heard in the High Court within months.

Ms Alemi, represented by law firm Hodge Jones & Allen, argues Westminster’s policy breaches the 1996 Housing Act, which requires councils to give ‘reasonable preference’ to homeless people.

Jayesh Kunwardia, partner at Hodge Jones & Allen, said: ‘The council is unlawfully removing homeless applicants from its allocation policy whom the local authority must accept as reasonable preference through legislation.’

In its court submission, Westminster Council says it is acting within the law because instead of striking homeless applicants from the register altogether, it has suspended bidding rights for 12 months”

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