Council tenant avoids eviction with dozy human rights claim
The latest deserving case to cite the well-intentioned but totally impractical European Convention on Human Rights is 23-year-old mum of four Rebecca Powell who decided that she would simply stop paying the rent on her council house.
And what could her local authority in Hounslow do about this? Not a thing. Because the esteemed judges who sit on the bench of the Supreme Court decided that evicting this woman because she was £3,500 in arrears would be a breach of her human rights.
But what about the rights of the council to collect the rent due to them? What about the rights of the good citizens of Hounslow to have their taxes spent wisely?
The irony of the case in Hounslow is that the woman involved was actually entitled to £15,000 a year in housing benefit which would have covered the payments. The problem is that she didn't fill in the application correctly.
The more I hear about it, the more I just can't stop shaking my head in disbelief.
The legal costs alone in taking this case to the Supreme Court must have been horrendous. And it's the people of Hounslow who are picking up the tab. It's bad enough that they have to live under the Heathrow flight path, now this!
But it might all end happily, in a way, because Ms Powell has agreed to pay back the £3536.39 she owes the council by spreading the payments of £5 a week. That means by August 2024, she should finally clear off the debt.
I'd like to suggest that this is mickey-taking on a grand scale, but that accusation is probably further abuse of this scrounger's human rights.