Vatansever v Southwark London Borough Council
Case date: 27 June 2001
V rented a two bedroom flat from a housing association. He had two children, M and A. M was born with a chromosome abnormality that left him physically under-developed.
In 1997, the local authority told V that it had awarded the household 20 points under its allocation scheme for prioritising housing. The scheme had been set up under section 167(1) of the Housing Act 1996, which was contained in PtVI of that Act.
Within the scheme, the authority had three categories for housing applicants; ‘super priority’, ‘priority’ and ordinary categories. Households were awarded ‘points’ for various reasons, including medical reasons. The maximum number of points allowed for medical reasons was 30. Medical points for different family members were not added together; the highest individual score counted as the household’s score.
In August 1998, V’s partner, O, and her two children K and A moved in with him.
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