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critique of uk e-petitions system January 19, 2012

Posted by Bradley in : transparency , trackback

The House of Commons Procedure Committee has published a report which critiques the Government’s implementation of e-petitions. Here’s an example of the problems the committee identified:

It is wrong for the Government to raise petitioners’ expectations of the e-petitions process to unrealistically high levels. E-petitions may be an easy way to raise awareness of an issue, to receive a response from the Government to a particular concern, or even to have a matter debated in Parliament. They are not, and should not be claimed to be, an easy way to change Government policy or legislation… We recommend that the Government should remove the sentence “e-petitions is an easy way for you to influence government policy in the UK”from its e-petitions website and replace it with a statement that more accurately reflects reality. We propose: “epetitions are an easy way for you to make sure your concerns are heard by Government and Parliament”.

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