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Department for Health and Social Security (DHSS) says needs are to be determined by resources.

What: The first circular from the Department for Health and Social Security (DHSS) stated that criteria of need was to be determined in light of resources (DHSS, 1970). 

Why significant: This issue was not settled until 1997. In 1997 Law Lords in R v Gloucestershire CC, ex parte Barry ruled that local authority (LA) resources were to be taken into account when making assessments, however if an LA had identified a need, then a lack of resources was not a sufficient reason to not provide the service required.


DHSS, (1970) Circular from the Department of Health and Social Security