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Priority need

This content applies to England

This section looks at the definition of priority need, as contained in Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996.

Who has a priority need

The priority need categories in England. 

Pregnant women

An explanation of priority need because of pregnancy 

Households with dependent children

An explanation of the regulations regarding households with dependent children qualifying as priority need. 

16 and 17 year olds and priority need

An explanation of the regulations regarding priority need for 16- and 17-year-olds. 

Care leavers aged 18, 19 or 20

An explanation of priority need in relation to care leavers aged 18, 19 or 20. 

People made homeless by an emergency

A discussion of priority need and people made homeless by an emergency. 

Vulnerable people

A look at the different categories of vulnerability and people who may be considered in priority need, because they claim to be vulnerable. 

Decision letters

A discussion of decision letters where the local authority has decided that an applicant is not in priority need 

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