Judicial Review Proceedings relating to the Caravan Loan Scheme.
Discrimination under the Housing Assistance Grounds
Housing: Successful review of decision recognise an individual who was “couching surfing” as homeless.
In 2016, CLM represented a client who had made an application for social housing support in or around 1998. In 2002, with the assistance of Rent Supplement, the client and her two children moved into private rented accommodation and remained there until 2016, when the property was transferred to a Receiver and the client was served with a Notice of Termination. At this stage, the rental property market had changed dramatically and the client was finding it very difficult to source accommodation within the rent supplement limits. At risk of homelessness, the client approached her local authority for support and discovered that despite applying for social housing in 1998, she was only on the housing list since 2006.
Working in advocacy and policy can often be a long road. While some of CLM’s cases can have an immediate impact e.g. McCann v. Monaghan District & Ors  IEHC 276, which led to a change in the law to strengthen the level of fair procedures and safeguards to debtors, other cases can take longer before the impact is felt.