579. Meaning of 'local social services authority'.

Under the Mental Health Act 1983, 'local social services authority' means a council which is a local authority for the purposes of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970, 1that is, the council of a non-metropolitan county, the council of a metropolitan district or a London borough, or the Common Council of the City of London or, in relation to Wales2, the councils of the counties and county boroughs3. A similar definition is also adopted by the National Health Service Act 2006 and the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006

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