Housing Need: The Case of Local Authority Waiting Lists

  • David Cowan
Part of the Macmillan Law Masters book series (PMLM)


In the post-war period, it has generally been accepted that council housing should be allocated according to need rather than ability to pay. Indeed, Conservative governments maintained their commitment to the principle of need to the end and the New Labour government has restated its commitment. So, for example, the Housing Act 1996, quasi-legislation and the CoG provide a list of persons ‘to ensure that such housing goes to those with the greatest underlying needs’ (DoE, 1996b, para. 1). Differences might reasonably exist as to what ‘needs’ might be regarded as the basis for a rational allocations policy in each area (cf Spicker, 1987), but allocation according to need is the general principle.


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  • David Cowan
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  1. 1.University of BristolUK

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