I represented a homeless family of four who the local authority was housing in interim accommodation.
The family had been living in unsuitable and unsafe temporary accommodation for four years. The damp and mould in the property was making the children ill. They made various complaints to the local authority but these complaints fell on deaf ears. Additionally, they were getting nowhere when bidding for property on the local authorities housing allocations system.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, I was able to make representations to the local authority about the unsuitability of the accommodation. The local authority agreed to move the family to more suitable temporary accommodation. They also reviewed the families banding on the local authorities allocations system, and last week the family were offered a three bedroom permanent property.
I represented a former teacher with a teenage daughter.
Following anti-social behaviour by her neighbour, my client’s mental health had deteriorated and she was diagnosed with psychosis. She lost her home and had nowhere else to stay.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, and with the help of social services, I was able to ensure that my client was not sleeping on the street with her teenage daughter on bonfire night.
I represented a very young woman with serious learning difficulties and some mental health problems.
She was being emotionally, verbally and financially abused by her father who had power of attorney, meaning all of her benefits were handled by him. She had fled and was homeless.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, I drafted a letter to the local authority homelessness service outlining their legal duties. She was placed in a hostel that night and moved into supported accommodation within 7 days.
I represented a woman from Poland who suffered from a severe brain injury and physical disabilities after a car accident.
The local authority said she was not entitled to care because she was Polish. We argued that this would be a breach of her human rights.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, we successfully challenged this decision and she continues to receive care in the UK.