Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

Campaigns and Consultations

Moorings Consultation

Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne Councils have carried out a consultation (ended 31 July 2019) about boat dwellers who do not have a licence or who overstay time on temporary moorings. One of the proposals is to bring into force a Public Spaces Protection Order banning such boat dwellers from the area of the boroughs. You can find the consultation details here: http://mygov.elmbridge.gov.uk/documents/s24122/Unauthorised%20moorings.pdf   For CLP’s response to this consultation – click read more.

Response of Community Law Partnership to the Birmingham City Centre PSPO Consultation 2019

Introduction

The Community Law Partnership (CLP) is an award winning, progressive firm of solicitors specialising in the law relating to Housing and Public Law. Amongst other things, we provide advice and assistance to homeless people in Birmingham who may include rough sleepers. Some of our clients may have to resort to begging due to being impoverished.

Obviously, nobody condones anti-social behaviour (ASB) but rough sleeping and/or begging do not amount to ASB in themselves. Sufficient methods already exist to deal with ASB such as the Vagrancy Act 1824, the Highways Act 1980 and the Public Order Act 1986. There is a grave danger that any blanket order will catch innocent people who are not guilty of any ASB.

The Community Law Partnership’s Response to the Consultation about Enforcement of Possession Orders and Alignment of Procedures in the County Court and High Court

1. The Community Law Partnership (‘CLP’) is a radical, progressive and award-winning SRA Regulated firm of Solicitors specialising in representing clients in the field of Housing, Public, and Community Care Law.  Based in Central Birmingham, CLP incorporates the ground-breaking national Travellers Advice Team.

2. CLP has been at the forefront of the development of the areas of law that is specialises in and over the last 20 years has seen cases in the superior courts including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Consultation: Powers for Dealing with Unauthorised Development and Encampments

RESPONSE OF COMMUNITY LAW PARTNERSHIP AND RUSTON PLANNING LTD

Introduction

The Community Law Partnership (CLP) is an award winning, progressive firm of solicitors specialising in the law relating to Housing and Public Law. CLP incorporates the Travellers Advice Team (TAT) – a ground-breaking nationwide 24 hour advice service for Gypsies and Travellers. Ruston Planning is a planning consultancy that specialises in running planning appeals for Gypsies and Travellers.

The Law on Consultations and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government Consultation on Powers regarding Unauthorised Development and Encampments

Marc Willers QC, Garden Court Chambers and Chris Johnson, Community Law Partnership

In this paper we consider whether the recent consultation paper on unauthorised encampments and developments issued by the Minister for Housing Communities and Local Government is susceptible to challenge by way of judicial review.

London Plan – CLP Submission to Consultation

The Travellers Advice Team at Community Law Partnership (CLP) advises and represents Gypsies and Travellers throughout England and Wales and has dealt with (and continues to deal with) many cases in London. We are just responding here to the piece in the draft London Plan on Gypsies and Travellers: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/new-london-plan/draft-new-london-plan/chapter-4-housing/policy-h16-gypsy-and-traveller-accomodation

Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

The Welsh Government are consulting on a replacement to the Travelling to a Better Future Framework for Action and Delivery Plan (2011). The new document, Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers is very positive and we would encourage people to send in submissions. You can find details here: https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/enabling-gypsies-roma-and-travellers

The deadline for submissions is December 21. TAT have produced a joint submission with Marc Willers QC and Dr Simon Ruston of Ruston Planning.

Response of the Travellers Advice Team at Community Law Partnership to the Consultation on the English Homelessness Code of Guidance

The Community Law Partnership (CLP) is a radical, progressive firm of solicitors specialising in the law relating to Housing and Public Law. CLP incorporates the Travellers Advice Team (TAT) –  a ground breaking nationwide 24 hour advice service for Gypsies and Travellers.