Consultation with Stakeholders – update

Following on from our earlier blog article, the Parliamentary Questions raised by Jeremy Balfour have now been answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville as follows:

We will follow up on this, but are extremely disappointed that Shirley-Anne Somerville has chosen only to meet with the Government funded organisations who support the proposed reform of the GRA, and not any independent groups who voice concerns about the reforms.

Ms Somerville’s Parliament statement emphasised that she wished “to proceed in a way that builds maximum consensus and allows valid concerns to be properly addressed.” However, the evidence to date very much suggests otherwise.