Single mother forced into homelessness by housing benefit shortfall goes to Supreme Court

31 January 2019

James Stark and Tom Royston, instructed by Community Law Partnership, will be appearing for Terryanne Samuels at the Supreme Court today (31st January 2019) regarding  her appeal against the finding of Birmingham City Council that she was intentionally homeless. Shelter and Child Action Poverty Group (CPAG) will be intervening.

The issue surrounding the case is whether the Council was entitled to treat Ms Samuels as intentionally homeless on the basis that part of her income from subsistence benefits was available to meet the shortfall between her contractual rent and the housing benefit awarded to her, and whether sufficient reasons were given for this decision.

CPAG issued a press release today.

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