Thursday, March 24, 2016

Is the Mayor of London's Clearing House service not threatening our tenancy?

Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Paragraph 39 of Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations re the suspected sabotage of our tenancy by the Mayor of London's Greater London Authority (GLA) Clearing House service, run for the Mayor by St Mungo's

39. At the hearing on 3 February 2016, District Judge Silverman rebuked counsel acting for the GLA for saying that the Applicant had refused support, clarifying that there is a distinction to be made between refusing support and not accepting coercive support. He spoke in summation of the "home" the Applicant and his wife have made for themselves with their own money, how impressed he was with the Applicant's behaviour in court, and the commitment he received from the said counsel to arrange round table talks. The Applicant met with St Mungo's CEO Howard Sinclair on 25 February 2016, with the manager of the GLA Clearing House in attendance. It was agreed subsequently in writing that support would be voluntary (see annex 20 and 21, pp 60-65). However, by email of 9 March 2016 the manager of GLA Clearing House informed the Applicant that a further meeting would be arranged in April 2016 to discuss an agreement for support. The Applicant and his wife suspect that this is a manoeuvre to sabotage the renewal of their 2-year supported housing tenancy in May 2016, the week after Family Mosaic had emailed the Applicant a draft version of their renewed tenancy agreement for signing. In addition, St Mungo's has ignored a request from the Applicant for a draft version of the agreement for support that he and his wife will be asked to sign the month before their tenancy is up for renewal.

It's not like we do not have a history when it comes to St Mungo's. They left us living on the streets for over a year despite the fact that we could pay a deposit on a flat and one month's rent up front. On 29 August 2013, Declan filed a claim in the High Court for judicial review against Commissioner of Police for the City of London Adrian Leppard and Home Secretary Theresa May following the decision of the former not to ask the charity (then called Broadway) to engage with us in relation to our welfare and access to its service for supporting clients to find accommodation in the private rented sector. Deputy High Court Judge Bidder ruled: "The refusal of the First Defendant to ask the charity 'Broadway' to engage or help the Claimant and his wife with their welfare or accommodation is not arguably unreasonable. It is not its job to intervene in any disagreement between a charity and those seeking that charity's help".
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More recent history (11 February 2016): "Complaint to the Mayor of London: Declan is engaged in a battle royal with the Mayor's Clearing House service (run by St Mungo's) over data held against us in defiance of a court order issued last May"

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