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5.0 out of 5 stars "Homelessness and Allocations"...., 1 Feb 2013
Phillip Taylor (Richmond Upon Thames, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Homelessness and Allocations (Paperback)
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An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

The LAG (Legal Action Group) -- the access to justice charity -- once again publishes the latest edition of its now well known guide: `Homelessness and Allocations'.

The fact that this is the 9th edition testifies to the book's established reputation as a definitive and authoritative work of reference among those who are professionally involved in advising vulnerable people on homelessness. `If you advise on homelessness, you will need this book,' advises Legal Aid News. Buy it now!

The book is written by experts from Arden chambers, each with a wealth of experience in this complex field, Andrew Arden QC, for example, has written or edited many of the principal practitioner texts on housing law, including the `Encyclopaedia of Housing Law' and many others.

Within its approximately 1,000 pages the book contains everything the homeless need to know about their rights. The succinct text clearly states the law and there are appendices which contain the relevant consolidated legislation and guidance.

The first two chapters contain advice on the provisions; including the policy and the provisions in outline. The chapters following include immigration... homelessness (including accommodation and rights of occupation)... priority need... intentional homelessness... local connection (in which this term is defined)... protection of property... homelessness decisions (including enquiries and review procedure)... discharge... allocations (including meaning and eligibility)... and enforcement.

Chapter13 concerns other statutory provisions; from the National Assistance Act 1948 to the Localism Act 2011, plus other statutory provisions. Strategy, aid and advice are the subject matter in Chapter 14 and Chapter 15 focusses on such criminal offences as making a false statement and withholding information.

If you are a housing practitioner, or adviser, or in any way involved with local authority housing or a housing association, it's important that you obtain this latest edition for the most up-to-date information. For example, it contains new, updated material on continuing developments in case law... the Localism Act 2011... and extended coverage of other statutory accommodation options. There is a fully revised chapter on eligibility updated to include the latest relevant cases.

There are other changes too, to the regulatory framework for social housing and complaints and a new template for judicial review pre-action protocol letter. Suitability orders for 2012 are included, together with related guidance including out-of-area placements.

This comprehensive volume also contains extensive tables of cases, statutes, statutory instruments and European legislation and there is also a handy list of abbreviations. As if all this weren't enough, the book comes with a free CD ROM containing the complete contents together with additional extracts from legislation and guidance. The publication date is 2012.
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