No right of local authorities to enter homes without consent.

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 is this idea important?

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.

Freedom to take photographs in public places.

Restore the right of ordinary people to take photographs in public places without fear of being criminalised.  It is a gross over exaggeration to regard anyone who takes a photograph of a policeman or a public building as a potential terrorist, or family and friends who want to take photographs of their children at school events as potential paedophiles.  Amateur photography  used to be regarded as a legitimate and acceptable pastime, not as an underhand activity to be regarded with suspicion.  I would like to see it restored to its former status.

Why is this idea important?

Restore the right of ordinary people to take photographs in public places without fear of being criminalised.  It is a gross over exaggeration to regard anyone who takes a photograph of a policeman or a public building as a potential terrorist, or family and friends who want to take photographs of their children at school events as potential paedophiles.  Amateur photography  used to be regarded as a legitimate and acceptable pastime, not as an underhand activity to be regarded with suspicion.  I would like to see it restored to its former status.