‘Welfare Rights, Law, and Discretion’ Revisited


in Housing Homeless Persons

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

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

‘Welfare Rights, Law, and Discretion’ Revisited

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The preceding chapters have attempted to explain both the nature and the causes of variations in the conduct and content of Part III decision-making. That explanatory process is concluded in this final chapter. This is done, first, by considering the ways in which the three case study authorities had decided to respond to the pressures which were acting on their respective administrative processes when the fieldwork ended in early 1991. The second half of the chapter turns to the broader public law issue of the legitimacy of the Thatcher governments' decision to retain Part III in an essentially unchanged form and of the second Major administration's apparent intention to reform the act in a quite significant way.

Keywords: homelessness legislation; decision-making; councils; Thatcher; Major; public law

Chapter.  15533 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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