Housing matters at the Supreme Court – 4

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Coming up first is Aster v Akerman-Livingstone, on 10 December.

lady justice Hotak v London Borough of Southwark has been moved and is now scheduled together with two more cases, Kanu v London Borough of Southwark and  Johnson v Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, on 15 to 17 December. Central question: What is “vulnerability”, in housing matters?

More support for litigants in person in the future

Last month, Minister of State for Justice Simon Hughes announced that £2 million has been set aside towards a package of support for LIPs, with the apparent primary aim of resolving disputes without the involvement of the courts, but also supporting LiPs if their disputes do make it to the courts. That’s what various legal publications published. The Guardian, however, spoke of 1.4 million per year.

case filesThe funding is intended for the following:

  • Expansion of the Personal Support Unit (currently only present at a few locations in the UK);
  • The RCJ Advice Bureau (which helps claimants and defendants at the High Court or Court of Appeal at the Royal Court of Justice & County Courts across England and Wales, the family court at the Principal Registry of the Family Division or any other family court, and
    the bankruptcy court at the Royal Court of Justice);
  • LawWorks (he country’s leading legal pro bono charity for solicitors, in-house counsel, mediators and students); and
  • Law for Life, a public legal education charity.

This initiative is the result of the November 2011 report “Access to Justice for Litigants in Person (or self-represented litigants)“.

Sources:

“Free & impartial money advice, set up by government”

You can get that from the Money Advice Service. On 7 August 2014, it headlined:
“One in 11 Britons has less than £10 a month disposable income”

It elaborated:

One in 11 people, or 4.5 million British adults, have less than £10 a month left over once they have paid their essential bills, research from thinkmoney has found.

You’ve probably already seen that in the news in August, but if you missed it and are curious about the rest of the article, you can read it here.

If that bit of news escaped you, then you may be unaware of the results of this other study too (reported by The Independent).