Apply RIPA rules and restricitons to the Press

The press routinely use intrusive and directed surveillance to a far greater extent than any Council does yet do not have to comply with the RIPA restricitons regarding approval and recording of such actions; and are not monitored by the surveillance commissioner as Local Authorities are.

Why is this idea important?

The press routinely use intrusive and directed surveillance to a far greater extent than any Council does yet do not have to comply with the RIPA restricitons regarding approval and recording of such actions; and are not monitored by the surveillance commissioner as Local Authorities are.

Repeal all legislation imposing enforcement duties on Local Authorities

Local Authorities have a wide range of enforcment duties imposed on them; e.g. dealing with underage sales of fireworks, alcohol and tobacco, dealing with anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance and similar matters.

 

The traditional methods of investigating these (used for decades) are now considered surveillance and LAs are expected to get RIPA authorisation for them. As it appears certain that this authorisation wil be removed from councils, so should the duties as they will become ueforceable.  No tasks without the tools to do them!

Why is this idea important?

Local Authorities have a wide range of enforcment duties imposed on them; e.g. dealing with underage sales of fireworks, alcohol and tobacco, dealing with anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance and similar matters.

 

The traditional methods of investigating these (used for decades) are now considered surveillance and LAs are expected to get RIPA authorisation for them. As it appears certain that this authorisation wil be removed from councils, so should the duties as they will become ueforceable.  No tasks without the tools to do them!

Remove lawyers from the initial drafting process

Trade legislation should be decided by negotiation between the traders and the enforcers, with legal input only to tidy it up at the end.

 

All to often the drafters produce unduly complex and awkward legislation and expect everyone else to accept it with just mior amendments (the old Price MaArking Bargain Offers regs required that pople wade through a whole section that relied on a triple negative for its effect)

Why is this idea important?

Trade legislation should be decided by negotiation between the traders and the enforcers, with legal input only to tidy it up at the end.

 

All to often the drafters produce unduly complex and awkward legislation and expect everyone else to accept it with just mior amendments (the old Price MaArking Bargain Offers regs required that pople wade through a whole section that relied on a triple negative for its effect)

If Councils are banned from using RIPA remove all their enforcement duties

Councils have a number of enforcement duties imposed upon them, including (but not limited to) dealing with underage sales of alcohol, fireworkks and tobacco; noise nuisance, anti-social behaviour.

Traditional methods of investigation, used for decades without public complaint, now have to be authorised under RIPA and unfair newspaper reporting has led to pressure to remove the Councils ability to obtain such authorisation.

Why is this idea important?

Councils have a number of enforcement duties imposed upon them, including (but not limited to) dealing with underage sales of alcohol, fireworkks and tobacco; noise nuisance, anti-social behaviour.

Traditional methods of investigation, used for decades without public complaint, now have to be authorised under RIPA and unfair newspaper reporting has led to pressure to remove the Councils ability to obtain such authorisation.