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Government faces legal challenge for ‘misleading public’ over Everyone In scheme

Government faces legal challenge for ‘misleading public’ over Everyone In scheme

9/12/2021

The government is being taken to court over its scheme to house rough sleepers during lockdown, with lawyers arguing that ministers “misled the public” about the nature of the policy. The case, which is due to be heard by the High Court this month, concerns the government’s efforts to find self-contained accommodation for rough sleepers during the coronavirus lockdown. The judicial review is being brought forward by an individual with no recourse to public funds, who was refused accommodation by Camden Council earlier this year as the winter night shelters they had been sleeping in were set to close at the end of that month. The client is being represented by Derek Bernardi, solicitor at Camden Community Law Centre.
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Brexit 'timebomb' is benefit claims threat

Brexit 'timebomb' is benefit claims threat

14/12/2020

A LAW centre chief has warned of “another Windrush scandal” following a surge in requests for legal help with Brexit. Sean Canning, chief executive of Camden Community Law Centre, said the free expert service has been flooded with concerns about how Britain leaving the EU will impact on benefits. There are urgent concerns for elderly and vulnerable EU nationals in Camden who still haven’t applied to the settlement scheme ahead of the December 31 deadline.
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Law Centre successfully secures order against Home Office to return asylum seeker back to the UK

Law Centre successfully secures order against Home Office to return asylum seeker back to the UK

13/7/2020

Camden Community Law Centre were recently successful in securing an order against the Home Office, following judicial review proceedings, to return an asylum seeker who had been unlawfully removed from the UK.The President of the Upper Tribunal, Mr Justice Lane, has ordered the Home Office to pay for and facilitate the return to the UK of a man who was removed to Nigeria in March 2018.Lane J commented that "there would be serious implications for the rule of law if courts and tribunals did not treat deliberate or reckless law-breaking as an extremely weighty consideration when exercising discretion in judicial reviews".
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Revealed: the families left in cramped hostel rooms for years

Revealed: the families left in cramped hostel rooms for years

3/9/2019

DOZENS of homeless families have been living in Camden temporary accommodation for years – some in cramped, small rooms – with a solicitor now taking on their cases to try and get them into a permanent home. It comes as residents at the England’s Lane hostel in Belsize Park have been told that the accommodation will no longer used by the council after 2021.
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Camden Community Law Centre Video

Camden Community Law Centre Video

7/1/2019

An insight into the work we do at the Law Centre from our clients.
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Celebrating our 45th Anniversary

Celebrating our 45th Anniversary

3/12/2018

This year Camden Community Law Centre celebrated our 45th anniversary on 17 October 2018 at the Arlington House and was attended by staff and trustees from past and present.
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Party time for legal pioneers

Party time for legal pioneers

25/10/2018

THE first question that crossed my mind when I received an invitation for an anniversary party held by the Camden Law Centre in Kentish Town was: Why? Why should it celebrate its 45th anniversary? Its 40th or 50th I could have understood but a 45th? But I wasn’t the only one who had been puzzled I discovered when the anniversary party was held last week at Arlington House in Camden Town.
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Camden Community Law Centre at 45

Camden Community Law Centre at 45

18/10/2018

Expect queues out of the door after Brexit and Universal Credit roll-out. With Universal Credit on one hand and Brexit causing uncertainty over immigration on the other, we’ll probably have queues out of the door.” That’s the warning from Sean Canning, director of the Camden Community Law Centre, as it celebrates its 45th birthday.
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How right to rent immigration checks could be derailed in the court

How right to rent immigration checks could be derailed in the court

4/9/2018

As the government’s controversial Right to Rent policy is set to be challenged in the High Court, Derek Bernardi explains the potential ramifications.
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Brexit fears lead to spike in casework at legal advice centre

Brexit fears lead to spike in casework at legal advice centre

20/6/2018

A LEGAL advice service based in Kentish Town has seen a huge rise in worried residents seeking help over whether they will be allowed to continue to live in the UK, the New Journal has learned. The Camden Law Centre, based in Prince of Wales Road, has offered help with issues such as housing, benefits and family law for 45 years. But centre director Sean Canning says in recent months there has been a spike in people arriving with questions about their immigration status.
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My landlord told me to go where I came from

My landlord told me to go where I came from

7/6/2018

A renter has described her anguish and upset over the Home Office‘s controversial Right to Rent (RtR) policy as she faces eviction. “I’m down, I’m on my knees, I don’t know how to cope with this anymore. I’m depressed,” Kate, from a former Soviet republic she does not wish to identify, told i. Under the RtR policy, landlords are responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants. They face prosecution if they let their property to someone who is not entitled to rent. It has been claimed the policy will lead to discrimination against non-UK nationals.
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Camden Community Law Centre represents Windrush Generation victim

Camden Community Law Centre represents Windrush Generation victim

9/3/2018

n March 2018, Camden Community Law Centre began representing Judy Griffith, a local woman of Barbadian origin, who has lived in Britain for over 50 years, working as a hospital care worker, but has become another victim of the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy.
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I see housing officers do all they can to refuse homeless applications

I see housing officers do all they can to refuse homeless applications

11/9/2017

Faced with growing demand and dwindling supply, councils have become experienced in using the law to keep homeless people off their waiting lists. Derek Bernardi is a solicitor-advocate at Camden Law Centre and writes for The Guardian newspaper.
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