Adesotu v Lewisham London Borough Council

Housing – Homeless person. It was accepted that the statutory jurisdiction exercised by a County Court under the Housing Act 1996 did not permit the County Court to reach its own decisions about the facts concerning an application for homelessness assistance and that to do so would be in excess of its statutory jurisdiction. It followed that the County Court had no jurisdiction in a statutory homelessness appeal from the respondent authority's reviewing officer, to determine issues of fact, or make findings of fact, that were a prerequisite to a finding of unlawful jurisdiction under ss 15 and 19 of the Equality Act 2010. Accordingly, the County Court judge allowed the authority's application to strike out parts of the appellant's amended grounds of appeal.

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