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What does “Gatekeeping” mean in homelessness applications?

Sioned Wyn Roberts

Posted by Sioned Wyn Roberts | Solicitor
On 20th January 2020

Gatekeeping is a term used to describe the practice where a local authority fails to accept an applicant’s homeless application or they fail to make the necessary queries as to whether an applicant meets the criteria. The most common example we see is where an applicant presents as homeless requiring emergency accommodation, but is turned away or not provided with emergency accommodation.

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R (Hemmati & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] UKSC 56 – potentially thousands unlawfully detained

Saoirse Kerrigan

Posted by Saoirse Kerrigan | Solicitor
On 9th January 2020

In a damning indictment of the UK’s immigration detention policy, the Supreme Court has confirmed that the detention of asylum seekers pending transfer to other EU states under the “Dublin Regulation” was unlawful between 1 January 2014 and 15 March 2017, when new regulations were belatedly adopted. This could result in thousands of false imprisonment claims by those detained during this period.

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