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Changing the meaning of 'vulnerable' under the homelessness legislation

Loveland, I. (2017). Changing the meaning of 'vulnerable' under the homelessness legislation. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 39(3), pp. 298-315. doi: 10.1080/09649069.2017.1344387


The Supreme Court judgment in Hotak v Southwark London Borough Council (Equality and Human Rights Commission and others intervening) [2015] UKSC 30; [2015] 2 W.L.R. 1341 appears to have significantly altered prevailing understandings of the meaning of ‘vulnerability’ within the homelessness legislation’s concept of priority need. This paper analyses Hotak’s doctrinal effects, and questions both the adequacy of the court’s reasoning and the likelihood of those formal doctrinal changes leading to a concomitant alteration to the content of the decisions that local authorities reach.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, on 3 July 2017 available online:
Publisher Keywords: homelessness; priority need; vulnerability
Subjects: K Law
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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