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Housing Homeless Persons

Ian Loveland

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198258766
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681868 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258766.001.0001

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

Housing Homeless Persons

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The size of Britain's homeless population has risen considerably since the introduction of the Housing (Homeless) Persons Act 1977. Recently, the Government announced plans to reform radically the existing legislation, a recognition of the political sensitivity of homelessness and the need for a coherent policy to tackle the problem. Housing the homeless is an issue which embraces housing, family, and social security policy. It has also generated considerable interest for public lawyers, as the scope of discretionary powers provided by the Act has provoked a great deal of litigation in the High Court. In this study the book presents an empirical study of three local authorities' implementation of the homelessness legislation. It focuses in particular on the processes of administrative decision-making at the lowest level, and reveals that ‘law’ plays a very limited role in shaping administrative policy decisions. Placing law within a context of administrative action, it illustrates how administrative law must be understood by reference to the complex institutional structures with which it is daily involved.

Keywords: Britain; homeless population; Housing (Homeless) Persons Act; reform; policy; administrative; law

Book.  392 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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Introduction in Housing Homeless Persons

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The ‘Right’ to Council Housing? in Housing Homeless Persons

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Doing the Job in Housing Homeless Persons

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Priority Need and Homelessness in Housing Homeless Persons

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Intentional Homelessness in Housing Homeless Persons

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Local Connection in Housing Homeless Persons

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Rehousing Homeless Persons in Housing Homeless Persons

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