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My daughter has been homeless for two years and the council

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My daughter has been homeless for two years and the council has found her intentionally homeless from a B&B they put her in in July 2011 and evicted her from in July 2012 because they asked for a lot of personal information going back many years and she wanted to know why they were asking all this only a few months after interviewing her. She didn't want to be obstructive and she made it clear to them she would cooperate but she did want to know why they were asking these new questions now. She felt she had a right to ask and get an answer. She is looking for a point of law on which to take the council to county court after their S202 review.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Alice H replied 3 years ago.
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When was the decision made and did she ask for a review at the time?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Decision made in May. She appealed in June. Review came in July 1 stating 21 days to go to county court on a point of law. They also suspended her housing benefit then started an investigation and chased her for rent arrears then evicted her from the B&B and put her in a council hostel where more rent arrears accrued. One year later they closed the investigation and reinstated housing benefit and backdated all payments to April last year. Her account is clear. Can they do this. They then evicted her from the hostel and she's been staying with us since January this year. She had to sign a fresh homeless application which has wiped out 2 years of waiting and sent her to the back of the queue. Can they really do this?

Expert:  Alice H replied 3 years ago.

Thanks for the additional information. I'm a little confused why they decided to suspend housing benefit etc. Was the suggestion that she had lied about something or made a false statement?

Expert:  Alice H replied 3 years ago.
I'm a little confused why they decided to suspend housing benefit etc. Was the suggestion that she had lied about something or made a false statement?

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