Legal Rights Manual: A Guide for Social Workers and Advice Centres

Legal Rights Manual: A Guide for Social Workers and Advice Centres

by Jeremy Cooper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0566055074

ISBN-13: 9780566055072

Pub. Date: 04/01/1990

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

The Legal Rights Manual provides social workers, advice centres and those engaged in caring for others, together with their clients, with an up-to-date body of information and advice on their legal rights, covering a wide range of areas and activities. Written in a concise, non-technical and readable style, the book describes how individuals and groups can use the law…  See more details below

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The Legal Rights Manual provides social workers, advice centres and those engaged in caring for others, together with their clients, with an up-to-date body of information and advice on their legal rights, covering a wide range of areas and activities. Written in a concise, non-technical and readable style, the book describes how individuals and groups can use the law to their advantage in a diverse range of settings, including: housing, the workplace, living with mental or physical disability, dealing with council and other public officials, problems with the police, living with old age, and as a consumer of goods and services. It also provides the reader with a mass of information on where to go for further advice and assistance in each of these areas. This fully updated and revised second edition states the law as it stands on 1 March 1994.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780566055072
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/1990
Pages:
448

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2How to help your client complain10
Complaints about public utilities11
Complaints about faulty goods and services23
Complaints about police misconduct30
Complaints about lawyers36
Complaints about medical and paramedical services46
3Dealing with council services: rights and responsibilities57
What is a council?58
Councillors62
Finding out about council services and activities65
Complaining about a council service71
4Legal rights of physically disabled people85
General introduction85
Statutory duties owed by local authorities towards disabled people86
Rights of physically disabled people in the field of employment94
Housing for disabled people100
Special financial benefits108
Education129
Further assistance133
Postscript135
5Legal rights and mental disability136
Introduction136
The detained patient: their rights in a mental institution138
Patients' complaints148
Detained patients: getting out153
The voluntary patient client in a mental institution165
General powers of others to manage the property and affairs of the mentally disabled171
Back in the community: legal duties of the local authority174
Special financial benefits for the mentally disabled176
Sources of further assistance176
6Civil rights and the police179
Sources of information180
Detention by the police181
Limited detention to stop and search a person182
Stop and search: a vehicle187
Arrest and detention following arrest188
Police powers to enter and search premises198
Police powers and suspect's rights at the police station203
7Legal rights and the workplace215
Getting a job: discrimination at the hiring stage216
Employment contracts (types and contents)218
Discrimination in employment226
Maternity rights232
Health and safety at work233
Losing employment238
The enforcement of employment rights250
Some useful addresses251
Bibliography252
8Welfare benefits254
General introduction254
Non-means tested welfare benefits256
Means tested benefits262
9Law and older people286
Housing and older people286
State benefits for older people301
The management of personal affairs310
Sources of further assistance317
10Finding and keeping a home319
Getting council accommodation319
Buying accommodation from the council334
Retaining council accommodation as a tenant336
Rights to Housing Association accommodation and Co-operative housing342
Seeking and keeping privately rented private accommodation344
Licences in the private sector345
Tenancies348
Retaining mortgaged accommodation363
The criminal law and the protection of accommodation rights365
Further sources of reference368
11Using legal rights to improve a home371
Getting the landlord to do repairs: the direct approach371
Getting the council to help: the position of the private tenant377
Special categories of accommodation378
Houses that are generally unfit or unhealthy386
Attitudes and policies of the council392
Other special powers of local authorities to deal with substandard accommodation393
Home loss and disturbance payments395
Getting the council to help: the position of the council tenant397
Reducing the rent398
Housing benefit: financial assistance in paying the rent and council tax404
Index413

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