Support for NRPF families

July 14th, 2016 by Jonathan Auburn

Where a family is designated as having no right of recourse to public funds (“NRPF”) but is still supported under the Children Act section 17, what type of accommodation and what rates of support must the local authority provide as a minimum to comply with section 17? And when will any failure to provide appropriate support give rise to a breach of Article 8 sounding in damages? Those were the issues the Court of Appeal addressed this week in R (C, T, M and U) v London Borough of Southwark [2016] EWCA Civ 707. Read more »


The growing trend for refusing support on credibility grounds

April 28th, 2016 by Jonathan Auburn

In a post in blog post last month, “I reasonably don’t believe you”, I discussed a recent case on an LA decision to refuse to support destitute persons subject to immigration control, where the LA decision rested on the view that the claimant was not credible in his claim to have no support. I commented in that blog that the trend for this sort of LA decision-making was growing. And so it seems. In R (O) v LB Lambeth [2016] EWHC 937 (Admin) Read more »