Cohabitation reform cop-out

Resolution has issued a press release criticising the Government’s announcement yesterday that it will delay acting on the Law Commission’s proposals for the introduction of legal protection for cohabitees. They say that "the government is seriously out of step with public opinion", and that the decision will cause "continued distress and hardship". Jane Craig, a member of Resolution’s Cohabitation Committee, said: "The present law creates real injustice for many people. Our members frequently see people who face financial hardship and even homelessness as a result of the current law. Any further delay inevitably means further injustice for some people." It does seem to me that waiting until some unspecified time in the future to see how the similar Scottish system (which came into effect last year) is functioning, after two years of work by the Law Commission, is something of a cop-out.


  1. I agree that this is sadly a missed opportunity. From a housing viewpoint, the big problem is joint tenancies. Any step to simplify the aftermath of relationship breakdown, preferably on a no fault basis, would be a boon for many.


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