Some of you may have heard about the much trumpeted deregulation bill. Many of you might think that it’s a good thing.
I haven’t had a chance to read through the smallprint yet but remain sceptical that some of our rights will be eroded, as they seem to be in so many other ways.
It appears that I was right.
Leafing through this week’s edition of Local Government First - a fortnightly newsletter that gets distributed to councillors I was pretty horrified to read the following paragraph:
“The LGA (Local Government Association) has taken an interest in the (deregulation) bill as it includes proposals such as ....... ... “abolishing councils duties to consult, allowing them to make their own consultation decisions for their communities.”
How many genuine public consultations have actually been carried out by EDDC where we didn’t feel the outcome had already been decided? Not many.
And what about Devon County Council’s current consultations. There doesn’t seem to be any hope or will that anything, other than the proposal itself, will be the outcome.
And the LGA seems to think it’s all fine. A later paragraph in the article states: “The LGA welcomes the government’s approach to reducing legislative burdens on public sector bodies as it links closely into our Rewiring Public Services campaign.”
That obviously needs a close examination, as well.
What will the government do next to try and immobilise our right to object to anything at all?
Ottery St Mary