Regina v Northavon District Council ex parte Smith: HL 18 Jul 1994

Local Authority is under no obligation to provide permanent housing for a family with children save as provided under the Act. The Children Act not to be used as a way around homelessness decisions and rules. A Social Services request to house children did not revive any claim made on behalf of the family as a whole. A child without accommodation is a child in need.
References: Gazette 19-Oct-1994, Independent 21-Jul-1994, Times 18-Jul-1994
Judges: Lord Templeman
Statutes: Housing Act 1985 Part III, Children Act 1989 22 27
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