Regina (Wahid) v The London Borough of Tower Hamlets: Admn 23 Aug 2001

The applicant sought assistance under the National Assistance Act, in the form of housing. He suffered mental illness and was vulnerable. It was argued that the Act imposed a duty on the authority which was regardless of its budgetary limitations. The Act sought to satisfy a need for care with housing provision. It is a safety net provision for urgent cases. In this case no sufficient need for care had been shown to require the Authority to act under the section.


The Honourable Mr Justice Stanley Burton


[2001] EWHC Admin 641, (2001) 4 CCLR 455, [2002] LGR 545




National Assistance Act 1948 21, Housing Act 1996


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedKharazmi v London Borough of Lambeth Admn 11-Feb-2002
The claimant was in local authority housing. She was disabled and sought leave to apply for judicial review of the authority’s failure to include her in a priority category for rehousing.
Held: In view of the impending Court of Appeal decision . .
Appeal fromWahid v London Borough of Tower Hamlets CA 7-Mar-2002
Gilliatt The appellant suffered from schizophrenia. He was refused permission to apply for judicial review and for orders requiring the local authority not just to provide suitable accommodation but better . .
CitedSL v Westminster City Council SC 9-May-2013
The applicant for assistance from the respondent Council under the 1948 Act was a destitute, homeless failed asylum seeker. He had been admitted to hospital for psychiatric care, but the Council had maintained that his condition was part of and . .
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Housing, Local Government

Updated: 04 June 2022; Ref: scu.166140