Letter from the Minister

Following yesterday’s post, the letter from the Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, to the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee has now been published. Disappointingly, it merely, offers to open up consultation on the design of the forms to be used and to consider designing a separate form for re-registration. This seemed to placate members of the Committee even though it is a pretty meaningless gesture. Of course, the whole process is being steered by officials – they drafted the letter, the guidance. They draft advice, Ministerial decisions and briefings.

It is high time someone with political authority, took a grip of this situation. I prepared a review of the operation of the community right to buy back in 2007. Read it and see why change is needed.