Attorney-General v Crayford Urban District Council: CA 1962

The local authority had entered into an arrangement with a company for the collective insurance of its tenants’ household goods and certain personal effects and fixtures and fittings of the tenants or for which they were responsible, and invited the tenants to join the scheme. Many tenants joined the scheme and their premiums were collected weekly with the rent by an officer of the authority which forwarded them monthly to the insurance company. Most tenants did not insure their effects independently and such tenants, if they lost their effects, were likely to default in payment of their rent. The Attorney-General, at and by the relation of a trade union the members of which were employees of another insurance company, challenged the power of the local authority to establish and to administer the scheme.
Held: The scheme was within the powers of the local authority. The activity challenged was within the express power of ‘general management, regulation and control of houses provided by’ the authority.


[1962] Ch 575, [1962] 2 All ER 147


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