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Public lecture on impact of UK housing laws

4 November 2016

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The impact of austerity measures and UK housing laws on EU and non-EU citizens will be addressed in a guest lecture to be delivered by Richard Drabble QC at Kent on Thursday 17 November.

The lecture, open to all and hosted jointly by Kent Law School and the Canterbury Housing Advice Centre (CHAC), will be the third annual lecture held to raise awareness of the important work CHAC undertakes supporting people in the local community at risk of facing homelessness.

CHAC, founded in 1991, is chaired by Law School Lecturer Nick Piska. The charity's specialist caseworkers provide support to people in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay who may be facing eviction or repossession or who may be seeking advice on mortgage arrears, tenancy rights and housing benefit.

Richard Drabble QC, an advocate from Landmark Chambers, has a wide knowledge of housing related laws and problems. His main areas of interest involve the impact austerity measures have on local authorities and the way in which national laws treat EU and non-EU citizens. Recognised as a leader in the fields of administrative law, planning and local government law, Richard was called to the Bar in 1975 and took silk in 1995.

He practices in public law, planning and other local government matters. He has appeared frequently as an advocate at all levels of domestic courts, particularly the Administrative Court as well as the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. His practice also has a European dimension, with many appearances (in planning, environmental and social security matters) before the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the former Commission. He has appeared for both developers and local authorities in major planning inquiries. He is a former Chairman of the Administrative Law Bar Association and a member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association.

His lecture, ‘Rights Litigation in an Age of Austerity – Benefits Caps, Bedroom Taxes and Zambrano Carers’, will take place in Grimond Lecture Theatre 2 (GLT2) on Kent's Canterbury campus.

Welcome drinks will be served from 6pm with the lecture beginning shortly afterwards. Attendance is free but there will be a collection on behalf of CHAC.

For more information about the free, confidential and independent help that CHAC provides, visit their Facebook page or website.



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