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Providing accommodation and support to those with an irregular immigration status

Since March 2020 there has been a phenomenal effort by local authorities to help those sleeping rough into accommodation in light of the danger posed by COVID-19 but now there is increasing concern about what to do next. Catherine Rowlands, Peggy Etiebet and Tara O'Leary discuss the next steps for local authorities.

Last week the Government announced an additional £105 million to support rough sleepers. While very welcome, this helps only those eligible for assistance under the Housing Act 1996. But what of those whose immigration status precludes them from such help? Those who have a NRPF condition on their grant of leave? Those who are excluded from a raft of support by schedule 3 of the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002? Can local authorities lawfully accommodate and support such people?

Notwithstanding the political pressure for change, the Minister for Housing and Rough Sleeping, has made clear the decision-making responsibility lies with local authorities.

The webinar will help local authorities chart their way through what has all the hallmarks of a politically litigious minefield. By charting where the law currently stands, the webinar will provide a framework for local authority decision making, and guidance for the exercise of judgement under the Care Act 2014, the Localism Act 2011, the Children Act 1989 and the Housing Act 1996.

SLIDES - click here to find a copy of the slides used in this webinar

About the speakers

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Catherine Rowlands

Catherine Rowlands has a practice which covers all aspects of public law, especially social housing, community care, and immigration, together with property and other civil litigation.

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Peggy Etiebet

Peggy's strong practice in Social Housing is complemented by her expertise in the Administrative Court, principally for Community Care, and the Court of Protection.

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Tara O'Leary

Tara accepts instructions in all of chambers' core areas, in particular public and administrative law, housing and homelessness, licensing and the Court of Protection.

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