Imogen Proud, instructed by Derek Bernardi of Camden Community Law Centre, is acting for Mohammed Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi national with leave to remain in the UK but with no recourse to public funds. Bhuiyan was housed by Tower Hamlets last March as part of the “Everyone In” Scheme which required all councils to find emergency housing for rough sleepers in response to the pandemic.
Despite the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government stating that the Scheme was “ongoing” and that “no one should find themselves back on the street”, on 22 June 2021 Mr Bhuiyan received a letter from the council saying that he must leave the hotel by 2 August. On Monday, Bhuiyan’s legal team were successful in securing an interim relief order which means that Tower Hamlets must continue to accommodate Mr Bhuiyan pending a decision on permission to proceed with his claim.
The case has attracted media attention including an article written by May Bulman, the Independent’s Social Affairs Correspondent, in Monday’s edition which can be read by subscribers here.