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?

It would be grossly unfair to burden Councils with tasks and then deny them the tools.

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