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No right of local authorities to enter homes without consent.

Comment 9th July 2010

I understand that local authorities and utility employees have, under certain circumstances, the right to enter private homes without the consent of the owner.  One such scenario is in order to inspect alterations or improvements which the householder has made to the property before revaluation and rebanding for rating purposes.  This is an outrageous infringement of individual civil liberty.  Except where a criminal offence has been committed or an emergency (like a fire or burst water pipe) occurs, local authority officials and public utility employees should have no right enter a property without the consent of the owner.

Why does this matter?

Not only the police, but also local authority offcials and public utility employees should be made to remember that they are the servants of the public, not their masters.  Such people should have the right to advise people how to behave, but not the right to dictate to them how they should lead their lives.

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