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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780566055072
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/1990
  • Pages: 448

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 How to help your client complain 10
Complaints about public utilities 11
Complaints about faulty goods and services 23
Complaints about police misconduct 30
Complaints about lawyers 36
Complaints about medical and paramedical services 46
3 Dealing with council services: rights and responsibilities 57
What is a council? 58
Councillors 62
Finding out about council services and activities 65
Complaining about a council service 71
4 Legal rights of physically disabled people 85
General introduction 85
Statutory duties owed by local authorities towards disabled people 86
Rights of physically disabled people in the field of employment 94
Housing for disabled people 100
Special financial benefits 108
Education 129
Further assistance 133
Postscript 135
5 Legal rights and mental disability 136
Introduction 136
The detained patient: their rights in a mental institution 138
Patients' complaints 148
Detained patients: getting out 153
The voluntary patient client in a mental institution 165
General powers of others to manage the property and affairs of the mentally disabled 171
Back in the community: legal duties of the local authority 174
Special financial benefits for the mentally disabled 176
Sources of further assistance 176
6 Civil rights and the police 179
Sources of information 180
Detention by the police 181
Limited detention to stop and search a person 182
Stop and search: a vehicle 187
Arrest and detention following arrest 188
Police powers to enter and search premises 198
Police powers and suspect's rights at the police station 203
7 Legal rights and the workplace 215
Getting a job: discrimination at the hiring stage 216
Employment contracts (types and contents) 218
Discrimination in employment 226
Maternity rights 232
Health and safety at work 233
Losing employment 238
The enforcement of employment rights 250
Some useful addresses 251
Bibliography 252
8 Welfare benefits 254
General introduction 254
Non-means tested welfare benefits 256
Means tested benefits 262
9 Law and older people 286
Housing and older people 286
State benefits for older people 301
The management of personal affairs 310
Sources of further assistance 317
10 Finding and keeping a home 319
Getting council accommodation 319
Buying accommodation from the council 334
Retaining council accommodation as a tenant 336
Rights to Housing Association accommodation and Co-operative housing 342
Seeking and keeping privately rented private accommodation 344
Licences in the private sector 345
Tenancies 348
Retaining mortgaged accommodation 363
The criminal law and the protection of accommodation rights 365
Further sources of reference 368
11 Using legal rights to improve a home 371
Getting the landlord to do repairs: the direct approach 371
Getting the council to help: the position of the private tenant 377
Special categories of accommodation 378
Houses that are generally unfit or unhealthy 386
Attitudes and policies of the council 392
Other special powers of local authorities to deal with substandard accommodation 393
Home loss and disturbance payments 395
Getting the council to help: the position of the council tenant 397
Reducing the rent 398
Housing benefit: financial assistance in paying the rent and council tax 404
Index 413
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