Challenging council process around homelessness
Govan Law Centre use the law to challenge poverty, discrimination and disadvantage.
Homeless people being assumed to be intentionally homeless due to eviction, without any investigation into the potential reasons or circumstances.
In Zungunde v. Glasgow City Integration Joint Board, the court found that Glasgow City Council’s decision was invalid for want of due consideration and regard of the statutory Scottish code of guidance on homelessness, and for the council’s failure to give adequate reasons for its decision.
The court found that none of the steps in the Code to investigate the cause of homelessness were taken.
Govan Law Centre 'believes this judgment will be extremely helpful for many people in Scotland who are homeless; it clarifies the law in relation to the statutory responsibilities of Integrated Joint Boards, but moreover it sends a strong and clear signal for the need to properly consider the statutory Scottish code of guidance on homelessness, provide adequate reasons for decisions, and not assume a person is intentionally homeless simply because they were evicted.'
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