Priority Need and Homelessness


in Housing Homeless Persons

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198258766
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681868 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

Priority Need and Homelessness

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This chapter analyzes the interpretation and application of two of the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977's discretion-laden components: priority need and homelessness. It identifies a few threads which might begin to offer tentative explanations of why each authority exhibits differential awareness of and conformity to lawful decision-making procedures and outcomes. Eastern's limited housing supply appears, for example, to be a dominant influence on the HPU's generally restrictive implementation of s.58 and s.59.Since Western was not suffering an acute housing shortage, one would have to look elsewhere to explain its equally rigid insistence that women applicants pursue legal remedies.

Keywords: Housing (Homeless Persons) Act; homelessness legislation; priority need; housing supply; women applicants

Chapter.  11654 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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