April 2011 | Davy Jones Consultancy

The Introduction to the Government’s new Best Value: new draft statutory guidance announces the repeal of two statutory duties on local authorities: the duty to involve, and the duty to prepare a sustainable community strategy. This is explained as reducing “red tape” for local authorities. Previously, Government hinted at getting rid of the Duty To Involve, but this is the first time the mechanism to achieve it has been revealed. According to the Consultation Institute, many local practitioners are aghast,...

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As we fast approach a Royal Wedding and a referendum on whether to retain our “First Past the Post” (FPTP) system for General elections, I have been struck by just how old fashioned the country remains. Whatever you think of the individuals in the Royal Family, surely in the early 21st century no one seriously believes we should be ruled by a hereditary monarch ? Or that key elements of our democratic system should remain subject to royal prerogative or...

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