QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
THE ADMINISTRATIVE COURT
B e f o r e :
|THE QUEEN ON THE APPLICATION OF MICHAEL GARDINER||(CLAIMANT)|
|SWINDON BOROUGH COUNCIL||(DEFENDANT)|
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MR M HILL (instructed by Swindon Borough Council, Civic Offices, Swindon WILTS) appeared on behalf of the DEFENDANT
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"Mr Gardiner says Ms Rouse is his housekeeper but there was no evidence of employment. She referred to him as her business partner on the application form for a council property, but there was no evidence of employment."
"For certain purposes Mr Gardiner is happy for Ms Rouse to be shown as his partner, ie the birth certificate. In others, Ms Rouse is happy to give the impression that she and Mr Gardiner are living as man and wife, ie the application for a council house. Then there is the correspondence. We feel that on the basis of the evidence presented, Mr Gardiner and Ms Rouse give the impression that they are living together as man and spouse, and the council are correct in their assumption."
The appeal was therefore dismissed.