Thursday, March 13, 2014

Court Order: Heavey v Commissioner of Police for the City of London and Home Secretary (dismissed)

On 29 August 2013 Declan lodged a claim in the High Court for a judicial review against Commissioner of Police for the City of London Adrian Leppard and Home Secretary Theresa May, following the refusal of the former to ask Broadway Homelessness and Support to engage with us in relation to our welfare and access to the charity’s service for supporting clients to find accommodation in the private rented sector. This morning Declan received the court order declaring his case "totally without merit", and stating there are "alternative remedies which he should follow":

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What alternative remedies? Since 7 January we have been bedding down with 35 other rough sleepers in a rolling winter night shelter programme run by the West London Churches Homeless Concern (WLCHC). WLCHC can only refer us to the Single Homeless Project, which in turn can only refer us next Monday to a Clearing House waiting list run by Broadway (see previous blog, "The latest about a flat ... still pie in the sky"). For all these homeless organisations to date, it has been hostel accommodation with some of the worst homeless characters in the capital (see blog of 10 March, "Declan emails the chairman of West London Churches Homeless Concern after being kicked awake twice in the middle of the night"), or return to the borough we used to live in, which has already refused us assistance because we are not deemed to be a 'priority need', e.g. we have no children, I am not pregnant, we are not vulnerable as a result of age (young or old), disability, mental health issues, etc.

Declan requested permission to apply for judicial review on the ground of irrationality or unreasonableness. We still believe that it was unreasonable for the City of London Police to refuse to ask Broadway to support us to access the private rented sector, whilst at the same time putting us under threat of hosings by street cleaners (see blog of 1 January, "Declan calls into Bishopsgate Police Station for a crime intel report"). Once the WLCHC winter night shelter programme closes on 10 April, we are almost certainly facing serious assault and/or incarceration for rough sleeping in the Barbican estate, which is owned by the City of London (public property), for want of a place to safely sleep following the fencing off of our previous sleeping pitch in December 2013.

This is a PDF of Declan's complaint last August that fell on deaf ears:

Declan's complaint last month to the United Nations complains of an accommodation blockade through surveillance that shows even less signs of being lifted (paragraphs 42-48 outline why the Vatican and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church should be monitored).