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UKAJI June 2019 round-up


UKAJI June 2019 round-up

Here is UKAJI’s round-up of important administrative justice events, research, and publications in June 2019. If you have anything to add to this round-up or any future round-ups, please contact Lee Marsons at lm17598@essex.ac.uk.


UKAJI posts:


Research and reports:



  • Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Hockley [2019] EWCA Civ 1080 on the identification of a spare room for the purposes of Rule B13(5) in the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (aka ‘the bedroom tax’);
  • Samuels v Birmingham City Council [2019] UKSC 28 on the definition of ‘intentional homelessness’ in Part VII of the Housing Act 1996.




Ombuds affairs


News items

  • The BBC reported that a group of families whose children have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are pursuing a judicial review arguing that inadequate funding of SEND violates the children’s human rights (26 June 2019);
  • The BBC reported that hundreds of children continue to wait years for decisions on their asylum to be taken by the Home Office (27 June 2019);
  • The Telegraph reported that NHS patients will soon be able to log anonymous complaints via smartphones under new safety plans (29 June 2019);
  • The Guardian reported that Child Poverty Action Group and the Church of England released a report into the effects of the two child limit in Child Benefit;
  • The BBC reported that NHS Wales set out its intention to create a new citizen’s voice body to champion the rights of patients;
  • The Guardian reported on the ‘disappearance’ of asylum seekers in immigration detention centres in the UK due to indefinite detention



Upcoming UKAJI blog posts

  • Michael Orton (University of Warwick), Kate Summers (LSE), and Rosa Morris (University of Leeds) will post a piece about their work in the recently established Commission for Social Security Led by Experts by Experience which seeks to produce a White Paper of reform proposals for UK social security;
  • Sarah Craig (University of Glasgow) will post a piece concerning the problem of mistranslation in immigration and asylum tribunals;
  • Natalie Byrom (Director of Research, Legal Education Foundation) will post a piece about her research into the Government’s court and tribunal reform programme;
  • Jaime Lindsey (University of Essex) will post a piece about her forthcoming research into the use of mediation in the Court of Protection;
  • Katie Boyle (University of Stirling) will post a piece about her Nuffield-funded study into the protection of social rights in each of the UK jurisdictions;
  • Charlotte O’Brien (University of York) will post a piece about her work into the discriminatory impact of the ‘two child rule’ for Child Benefit claimants;
  • Maurice Sunkin (University of Essex) will post a review of Marc Hertogh & Richard Kirkham’s 2018 book The Research Handbook on The Ombudsman;
  • Sarah Nason (University of Bangor) will post a piece concerning the system of administrative justice for education in Wales;
  • Hideo Horasawa (Professor at University of Nanzan and visiting scholar at University of Essex) will post a blog about his comparative research into public inquiries in the UK and Japan;
  • Andrew Fagan (University of Essex) will post a piece reflecting on the UK Government’s response to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights report on extreme poverty in the UK;
  • Joe Tomlinson (KCL) will post a piece introducing his new Public Law Project report on the partially automated model of administrative justice underpinning the EU settlement scheme;
  • Lee Marsons (University of Essex) will post a piece concerning the need for caseworkers at the PHSO to be trained in emotional intelligence competencies;
  • Grainne McKeever (University of Ulster) will post a piece about her research on litigants in person funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

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