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Duty of a local authority to provide suitable accommodation despite its limited resources.

This subject has been gone over repeatedly in the courts as the years have passed. Each case adds a new layer of intricacy.

23 March 2001

Duty of a local authority to provide suitable accommodation despite its limited resources.

This subject has been gone over repeatedly in the courts as the years have passed. Each case adds a new layer of intricacy.

a. Background: The current crisis in the private/independent care home sector.

The time is ripe to look at local authority duties to provide suitable accommodation despite limited resources particularly in the context of the current national crisis in long term care provision largely brought about by the discriminatory payment policies of local authorities and their apparent inability to set economically sustainable 'standard rates.'

    1. 1. Discriminatory payment policies. Local authorities tend to pay their own homes or their former homes more than they agree to pay as the 'standard rate for care in the private sector'. Sometimes the differential is hundreds of pounds a week.
    2. Economically s...

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