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What is the difference between a local authority and a local housing authority?

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Produced in partnership with Elizabeth England of Five Paper
Published on LexisPSL on 30/08/2018

The following Local Government Q&A produced in partnership with Elizabeth England of Five Paper provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is the difference between a local authority and a local housing authority?
  • What is a local authority?
  • What is a local housing authority?

What is a local authority?

A local authority (LA) is the general term we use to describe an administrative body in local government.

The term ‘local authority’ was introduced to statute by the Local Government Act 1972 (LGA 1972). By LGA 1972, s 18:

‘Schedule 3 to this Act shall have effect with respect to the division of non-metropolitan counties into districts, the establishment of the new local authorities in England, the suspension of elections of members of existing local authorities there and related matters.’

LGA 1972, Pt V provides for members to be elected to LAs. LGA 1972, s 99 also provides f

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