Due to circumstances Homelessness occurs for a variety of reasons and it is paramount that vulnerable people are helped as soon as possible. Below are Guides covering the main aspects of assistance available.

Assessing Medical Opinions

The role and information provided by [independent] medical advisers in helping local housing authorities to determine the issue of vulnerability must be treated carefully. Most cases of vulnerability involve a medical opinion on the homeless applicant’s problems. In R. v Continue reading Assessing Medical Opinions

When National Assitance Act 1948 Should Be Used

In Hotak, the Respondent (Southwark Council) indicated s.21(1)(b) of the National Assistance Act 1948 gave the power to social services authorities to provide: “… temporary accommodation for persons who are in urgent need thereof, being need arising in circumstances which Continue reading When National Assitance Act 1948 Should Be Used

Statutory Scheme for Vulnerability

The ‘homelessness’ provisions are set out in Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996. Section 193 of the Act provides: “193         Duty to persons with priority need who are not homeless intentionally   1)       This section applies where the Continue reading Statutory Scheme for Vulnerability

Priority Need Case Law

The Department for Communities and Local Government: London published the Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities in July 2006 (“The Guidance”) has from time to time been modified so as to reflect decisions of this Court upon the interpretation Continue reading Priority Need Case Law

Disability Discrimination and Part 7 Housing Act

As part of a Local Authorities duty they have to ensure the property (as in any accommodation under part 7 including temporary)  is “suitable” for the applicant and their family. There is a raft of Legislation, guidance and case law Continue reading Disability Discrimination and Part 7 Housing Act

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