Failure to monitor accommodation delays for pregnant asylum seekers found unlawful

24th April 2024

Professional discipline and regulatory newsletter

Ben Amunwa, specialist public law barrister at 3PB Barristers (3 Paper Buildings) has analysed the recent case of DXK v SSHD [2024] EWHC 579 (Admin), a judicial review brought by an asylum seeking expectant mother against the Secretary of State for the Home Department.

The case concerns the system of allocation of asylum support accommodation to pregnant women and new mothers under sections 4 and 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. The Court held that the Defendant’s lack of statistical data monitoring on the allocation of housing was unlawful, on the basis that it prevented the effective assessment of his interventions and policies.

In his article, Ben summarises the history of the case and offers informed commentary on the enforcement of obligations in systemic challenges against public authorities, drawing on his experience in recent landmark cases.

To read Ben's full article, please click here.

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