Challenging local authority decisions
This section looks at the ways in which an adviser could help someone affected by an adverse homelessness decision to challenge that decision.
Informal and formal mechanisms for challenge are included here, with a particular focus on judicial review. The role of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman is also highlighted.
This section contains information for advising clients who wish to challenge local authority decisions.
If a challenge to a decision of a local authority is being considered, it is important to contact the authority in the first instance.
Local authorities have a duty to establish a review procedure that applies in specific circumstances. These internal reviews are also often referred to as appeals.
When preparing a review it may be useful to go through the following points.
This page considers whether a local authority has to provide temporary accommodation to an applicant while a decision is being challenged.
Judicial review is the means by which the courts supervise public bodies. It is not an appeal against a decision itself but a challenge to the way in which the decision was made.
This section outlines the role of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman in challenging local authority decisions.
Last updated: 29 December 2014