November 12th, 2020 by James Goudie KC

Section 166(4) of the Housing Act 1996 provides that the fact that a person has applied for an allocation of social housing is not to be divulged without their consent to any other member of the public. However, in XXX v Camden LBC (2020) EWCA Civ 1468 the Court of Appeal holds that does not extend to entitlement to anonymity when seeking judicial review of a local authority decision about such an allocation, even when medical information is involved. A balancing exercise of the relevant interests, including open justice, has to be carried out.

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