Social housing and religion: R (Z & Anor) in the Supreme Court

Background

The Agudas Israel Housing Association Ltd (“Agudas”) is a charity that makes social housing available primarily for Orthodox Jews in Hackney: in particular, for Charedis. Its properties constitute less than one per cent of social housing in Hackney. A non-Jewish woman, Z, with four children, including a son with autism, was at the top of Hackney Council’s list for a four-bedroom home in the area. Six four-bedroom properties owned by AIHA became available but Ms Z was not allowed to apply for one of them. She sought judicial review of that refusal, arguing that it was unlawful and discriminatory for the AIHA to refuse her a home. Continue reading