Top news today: votes at 16, courts, planning law
Author: Zoe Stavri
Published on Oct 12, 2012
In the news today, the implication of votes at 16 in the Scottish referendum are explored, a proposal to extend court opening hours and local government plan to rebel against central government.
MPS FACE UP TO IMPACT OF GIVING 16 YEAR OLDS THE VOTE- Pressure is growing on MPs to debate the possibility of extending the right to vote to 16 year olds, in the light of the likelihood of 16 year olds being able to vote in the Scottish independence referendum. Will they do this before the 2015 general election?
COURTS TO OPEN ALL HOURS- Courts will open evenings and weekends under proposals from criminal justice minister Damian Green. The move has come under fire from the Law Society. Is there any benefit to changing court opening hours?
TOWN PLANNERS WILL “BLOCK CHANGE IN PLANNING LAW”- The Local Government Association has said it will work to block the government’s temporary relaxation of rules for building extensions to homes. Who should have a say in planning law, local or central government?