||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 81 (Jan)
||Iain Colville (instructed by Leicester Law Centre) for the claimant.
||Nathalie Lieven (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the local authority.
||17 January 2002
Housing - Local authority - Housing register - Claimant applying for entry on local authority housing register - Local authority policy - Local authority refusing to enter claimant on housing register - Claimant seeking review of decision - Local authority changing policy three days before review - Review panel applying new policy and upholding earlier decision - Whether new policy lawful - Whether application of old policy proper in any event.
A local authority was entitled to make and to change policy in relation to applications for accommodation by tenants of housing associations. However, it would be unlawful for a local authority to apply a new policy blindly without the flexibility necessary to the application of all policy and on the basis that it had no discretion in relation to any application before it.
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