Section: Allocations & Transfers

Housing association's approach to allocations on religious grounds supported in the High Court

Posted 07.02.19
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The High Court has held that a Jewish housing association did not unlawfully discriminate against non-Jewish applicants by allocating social housing only to Orthodox Jews.

An application for judicial review, brought by a non-Jewish mother who was not allowed to bid for an Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA) home in the Stamford Hill area of London, was rejected by the court.

With four children, two of whom are disabled, the mother has the highest possible priority rating for rehousing. But the application for judicial review of the policy was dismissed by Lord Justice Lindblom and Sir Kenneth Parker, who ruled the charity was within its rights to favour Orthodox Jews because:

Case Reference - R (on the application of Z and others) v Hackney London Borough Council and another [2019] EWHC 139 (Admin).


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