Local Authority in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Hazell v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council and Others
    • House of Lords
    • 24 Enero 1991

    The local authority charged with the administration of local government in a local government area consists of an elected council which A local authority, although democratically elected and representative of the area, is not a sovereign body and can only do such things as are expressly or impliedly authorised by Parliament. Accordingly Parliament has conferred on a local authority controlled power to borrow short-term and long-term.

    The authorities also show that a power is not incidental merely because it is convenient or desirable or profitable. Individual trading corporations and others may speculate as much as they please or consider prudent. But a local authority is not a trading or currency or commercial operator with no limit on the method or extent of its borrowing or with powers to speculate. The local authority is a public authority dealing with public moneys, exercising powers limited by Schedule 13.

  • South Bucks District Council v Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and another
    • House of Lords
    • 01 Julio 2004

    They must enable the reader to understand why the matter was decided as it was and what conclusions were reached on the "principal important controversial issues", disclosing how any issue of law or fact was resolved. The reasoning must not give rise to a substantial doubt as to whether the decision-maker erred in law, for example by misunderstanding some relevant policy or some other important matter or by failing to reach a rational decision on relevant grounds.

  • Tesco Stores Ltd v Secretary of State for the Environment and Others
    • House of Lords
    • 19 Octubre 1995

    If there is one principle of planning law more firmly settled than any other, it is that matters of planning judgment are within the exclusive province of the local planning authority or the Secretary of State.

  • Wandsworth London Borough Council v Winder
    • House of Lords
    • 29 Noviembre 1984

    He is merely seeking to defend proceedings brought against him by the appellants. In so doing he is seeking only to exercise the ordinary right of any individual to defend an action against him on the ground that he is not liable for the whole sum claimed by the plaintiff. Moreover he puts forward his defence as a matter of right, whereas in an application for judicial review, success would require an exercise of the court's discretion in his favour.

  • R (M) v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council
    • House of Lords
    • 27 Febrero 2008

    It is impossible to read the words 'a child who is'provided with accommodation by the authority in the exercise of any functions…which are social services functions within the meaning of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970…' to include a child who has not been drawn to the attention of the local social services authority or provided with any accommodation or other services by that authority.

  • R (Westminster City Council) v National Asylum Support Service
    • House of Lords
    • 17 Octubre 2002

    The use of the word "solely" makes it clear that only the able bodied destitute are excluded from the powers and duties of section 21(1)(a). The infirm destitute remain within. Their need for care and attention arises because they are infirm as well as because they are destitute. They would need care and attention even if they were wealthy. They would not of course need accommodation, but that is not where section 21(1A) draws the line.

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  • Local Authority Social Services Act 1970
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 1970
  • Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
    • Wales
    • 1 de Enero de 2014
    ... ... code to help achieve those outcomes (sections 8 to 13) ;(d) requires local authorities to assess the needs in their areas for care and support, ... ) provides for—(a) the circumstances in which a local authority must assess a person's needs for care and support or a carer's needs for ... ...
  • Children and Families Act 2014
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2014
    ... ... , and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:— Modifications etc. (not altering text) # C26 ... local authority are a local authority in England and—(a) are considering ... ...
  • Care Act 2014
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2014
    ... ... ; to establish and make provision about the Health Research Authority; to make provision about integrating care and support with health ... PART 1: Care and support ... General responsibilities of local authorities ... 1: Promoting individual well-being ... (1) The general ... ...
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Books & Journal Articles
  • Is Local Authority Economic Intervention
    • No. 2-1, January 1987
    • Public Policy and Administration
    In the past decade, local authorities have become increasingly involved in the development of policies to alleviate the effects of economic decline. In this paper, the authors' primary objective is...
    • No. 62-2, June 1984
    • Public Administration
    This article examines the achievements of the local authority associations in the period from 1974 to the present. In particular, it considers whether the associations have met the major objectives...
  • Gender Balance in Scottish Local Authority Councils
    • No. 24-2, April 2009
    • Public Policy and Administration
    Women make up over 40 per cent of community councillors in Scotland, however, evidence suggests that they are less likely to progress to local authority councils. This article investigates the barr...
  • Local authority anti-poverty strategies in Scotland
    • No. 14-1, January 1999
    • Public Policy and Administration
    This study examines the management and development of Scottish local authority anti-poverty strategies. Whilst studies of anti-poverty strategies have been carried o...
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