Human Rights Law

 
The Human Rights Act 1998 protects everyone’s fundamental rights including the right to life, the right to a fair trial and the right to respect for private and family life.

PLS have been involved in a number of cases where human rights issues have been to the fore:

  • A challenge to a decision to close a respite care facility for people with learning disabilities on the grounds of interference with family life (Article 8)
  • A challenge to the re-development of a housing estate on the grounds of interference with residents’ home and family life (Article 8). 
  • A challenge to a planning decision in relation to a mobile phone mast on the grounds of the absence of a fair trial (Article 6). 
  • Challenges to the lack of support and accommodation for asylum seekers and failed asylum seekers on the grounds that the lack of support constitutes degrading and/or inhumane treatment on (Article 3) or interference with family or private life (Article 8)
  • A challenge to a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) certificate (Article 8)
  • A challenge to a decision to terminate Housing Benefit after 52 weeks for a person detained in psychiatric care (Articles 14&8).