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Forced to sleep in cars, threatened with ‘intentional homelessness’ and still no money: Fresh hell for Grenfell Tower survivors with many denied £5,000 relief cash ‘because they don’t have ID’

21st June 2017 - Mail Online

Grenfell Tower survivors are being let down by the botched response effort to the horrific blaze, those helping them have said.
Nearly a week on from the tower block blaze that killed at least 79 people, some of those displaced by the fire have been forced to sleep in their cars while others have been prevented from claiming promised cash.
Some of those who lost their flats in the blaze fear being declared ‘intentionally homeless’ – meaning authorities no longer has a responsibility to house them – if they refuse to a move outside the area.

Social Housing Partner Jayesh Kunwardia comments on the lack of clarity over housing policy and the unfair impact of refusing temporary accommodation could have on Grenfell survivors.

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BPTC student who used legal skills to bring judicial review succeeds in having her dad’s benefits reinstated

27th February 2017 - Legal Cheek

A Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) student has successfully had her seriously ill father’s benefits reinstated after she brought a judicial review against the Department for Work and Pensions. A number of solicitors and barristers stepped forward to offer their services, some on a pro bono basis – including social housing solicitor Edward Veale.

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Strawberry Vale residents in East Finchley sue for compensation from Peabody Trust for failing to supply gas after unexpected shutdown in January

28th September 2016 - Hendon and Finchley Times

Residents of an East Finchley estate left without a gas supply for months are seeking compensation from the group managing supply for ‘considerable debts’ racked up at the time. Head of Social Housing Jayesh Kunwardia is helping five residents apply for a group litigation order (GLO) against Peabody for compensation and a successful application will allow 49 other residents to claim.

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