Joint tenancies: removal of a tenant

Part of Domestic Abuse Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 17th June 2020.

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Photo of Nickie Aiken Nickie Aiken Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster 4:00 pm, 17th June 2020

I want to get to the bottom of this. Is the hon. Lady saying that there is a lack or a vacuum in the Bill or in statutory guidance full stop, or are local authorities not complying or doing what they should under existing legislation or statutory guidance? If they are not doing what they should be doing—if Sandwell, which is a Labour council, or Ealing, which is a Labour-led council are not doing what they should be doing—surely it is possible to go to the ombudsman? Surely there is a way to hold local authorities to account if they are not carrying out their statutory duty?