High Court grants permission to appeal in the “Everyone In” initiative case

Jamie Burton QC leading Josh Hitchens and Siân McGibbon, instructed by Derek Bernardi at Camden Law Centre, represented a rough sleeper who alleged that the Government had effectively discontinued its “Everyone In” initiative without publishing revised policies and guidance to local authorities or consulting a major homeless charity had his claim for judicial review refused by the High Court. The initiative, launched in March 2020 to help local authorities provide accommodation for all rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic, did not engage the public law “duty of conformity” or the “duty of publication”.

The High Court decided there were question-marks about the clarity and straightforwardness of the Government’s messaging relating to the “Everyone In” initiative, those did not engage the public law “duty of conformity” and “duty of publication”.

The appeal will be heard later this year.