Judgments - Regina v. London Borough of Barnet (Respondents) ex parte G (FC) (Appellant) Regina v. London Borough of Lambeth (Respondents) ex parte W (FC) (Appellant)

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143.  As to A, the local authority has, some time ago, accepted her priority need for rehousing. But suitable accommodation has not yet been found. No case has been presented to the courts below or to your Lordships to justify the conclusion that either the social services department or the housing department of the local authority has unreasonably failed to exercise any of the relevant powers available to them. The case presented was that the council was under a mandatory duty under section 17(1) to provide accommodation to the family in accordance with the assessed needs of the autistic children. That case, in my opinion, fails and there is no other case that has been presented. I would dismiss the appeal in A's case for the reasons given by my noble and learned friend, Lord Hope of Craighead with which I am in complete and respectful agreement.

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