Rights of vulnerable families to housing and social benefits.

The recently reported case of Ruiz Zambrano v Office National De L’emploi (c-34-/09) (2012) 2 WLR 886 will be used as a useful tool to ensure that local authority housing departments provide necessary urgent accommodation to avoid destitution and homelesness.

Bhatia Best’s public law team has recently lodged an appeal to the Court of Appeal arguing that the above case confers a derivative right to reside for a mother without status in the country and her British child. The court has granted permission to proceed and the matter is listed to be heard on the 7th November this year.

If successful the case will establish the rights of many vulnerable families without status in the UK to claim social housing and with that social benefits.