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R (Ms Natasha Gargett) V The Mayor & Burgesses Of The London Borough Of Lambeth [2008] EWCA Civ 1450


In considering an application for a discretionary housing payment, the local authority erred in holding that the appellant could not make a claim in respect of a past period whilst she was in receipt of full housing benefit. The appellant conceded that the limitations imposed by the regulations applied to a lump sum payment of a DHP and also that it could only be used to meet a shortfall between the housing benefit award and eligible rent. Appeal allowed and the local authority required to reconsider the application.