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MINISTERS TO GET APPEALS POWERS

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The government has taken on powers to stipulate appeals procedures against council enforcement proceedings. ...
The government has taken on powers to stipulate appeals procedures against council enforcement proceedings.

The powers were added in the last days of debates on the Deregulation and Contracting Out Bill, which received Royal Assent last week.

Small businesses had been lobbying Tory peers to allow them to appeal to a magistrates' court if they objected to an enforcement notice on areas such as food hygiene.

The government responded by introducing amendments giving ministers power to lay down model appeals procedures if satisfactory codes did not exist.

The procedures would, for example, force councils to provide an adequate explanation of why enforcement action was being taken, and how a business owner could challenge it.

The Association of Metropolitan Authorities hopes the DoE will publish a consultation paper by the end of the year on plans to remove redundant council regulations.

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