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Where has all the government information gone?

Where has all the info gone?I have written about this in the past, but I am so annoyed that I am jolly well going to write about it again.

The government is gradually dismantling all the helpful landlord and tenant information sites which were created under the last government.

And replacing them with  - well with new sites which are nothing like as helpful as the old ones.

  • The enormously helpful information that was once on the Communities and Local Government site has mostly been moved over to the National Archives where presumably it is not being updated
  • The brilliant former Residential Property Tribunal site has been taken down – some of its information has moved to the Justice website –  the rest appears to have vanished without trace
  • The often useful Direct.gov and the Business Link sites have been replaced with a new gov.uk site – and have no doubt shed most of their information in the process (I have not had time to look at it yet but I fear the worst)
  • NOW I find that the former site of the Public Trustee has moved also to the Justice site and is MOST unhelpful – it seems to consist mostly of a string of legislation.  Hows that supposed to help a landlord who does not know who to serve  a section 21 or ground 7 notice on, now his tenant has died?

So not only is the legal aid service – the once proud system intended to be a parallel to the National Health Service helping everyone get justice from the solicitor of their choice – almost completely gone.  Now, even  the government information sites that we had, appear to be disappearing one by one. Or being converted to a less informative version.

David Lawrenson did a survey recently and found that there was a woeful lack of information on Local Authority sites.  However at least many local authorities give it a go.

Personally I think the dismantling of pre-existing national online guidance is far worse.  This is generally done under the guise of moving the information over to another site – in the way that so much information is being moved over to the Justice site nowadays.

Inevitably every time this is done the amount of information provided is cut – and presumably the cost of keeping it up to date.

Or are they deliberately cutting down on the information so we don’t know what they’re up to?

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Smith Institute - the end of the affiar

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Court websites – more confusing changes

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Housing law reform and legal aid

Its always the tenants who suffer

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Revolving door for housing ministers

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