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STATEMENT: Court of Appeal - Webb-Harnden (claimant/appellant) v London Borough of Waltham Forest (defendant/respondent)


It was disappointing to report that the Court of Appeal has dismissed our appeal in this case involving the rehousing of homeless families out of London. 


We had argued that the London Borough of Waltham Forest's reliance on the benefit cap as a means to relocate single parent households breached the Equality Act 2010 https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2023/992.html


The Court found that the council had paid 'due regard' to the Public Sector Equality Duty but it also found that any breach would not have led to a different outcome. The rehousing of our client from Waltham Forest to Walsall had been lawful. 


We wish to thank our client and her family for their patience and persistence in bringing this important case. We also wish to thank our instructed counsel Amritpal Bachu and Karon Monaghan KC.


Hackney Community Law Centre will continue to challenge the blanket use of long distance Private Rented Sector accommodation to rehouse homeless families. All offers carry rights of review and appeal and we are ready to take on new cases especially where families and children are uprooted and moved so far away.