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Hounslow Ruling (Hounslow)

A High Court ruling in which the local authority was ordered to pay damages to a vulnerable family who had been abused by a gang of youths.  This judgement concerns a claim for damages brought by a married couple with learning disabilities against Hounslow for negligence and breach of duty of care on the part of the local authority. They claimed the local authority failed to move them from their home using its emergency transfer procedure which could have prevented them being subject to a horrific incident in their own home.  They also were claiming damages under the Human Rights Act, 1998 (sections 6 and 7) from the local authority because it failed to protect them from inhuman and degrading treatment, and to maintain the integrity of their private and family life, thus breaching Articles 3 and 8 respectively of the European Convention on Human Rights.