Newham London Borough Council, ex parte Plastin [1998] 30 HLR 261 (QBD)

Homelessness – duty to provide accommodation – s21 National Assistance Act 1948 – in need of care and attention

A local authority had not acted perversely in deciding that a 51-year-old man who was not physically disabled, but was homeless, without employment and ineligible for social security benefits, was not a person in need of care and attention under s21 NAA 1948. The applicant was not ineligible from seeking accommodation under homelessness legislation, was not ‘under any physical or mental disability’, was able-bodied and of working age. Section 21 was not a safety net for anybody short of money or accommodation.

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