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    An end to "bureaucratic nonsense" or an erosion of valuable equalities protection?

    In a speech this week at the Confederation of British Industry ("CBI") conference, David Cameron is, in his words, "calling time" on equality impact assessments under the Equality Act 2010 ("the Act"). Although conceding that the Act was "not a bad piece of legislation", Mr Cameron opined that the Government was going too far by conducting equality impact assessments "for every decision" made by it, calling this "bureaucratic nonsense". Instead, the Government will seek to rely on "smart people in Whitehall who consider equalities issues while they're making the policy". Finally, Mr Cameron told the delegates that "you no longer have to do [equality impact assessments] if these issues have been properly considered".

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    Gambling Act 2005 Appeal

    On 28th November 2012, Lady Paton delivered the Opinion of the Inner House in the matter of Freddie Williams Bookmakers v East Ayrshire Council & William Hill Organization Limited [2012] CSIH 89 which is understood to be first appeal in Scotland to the Court of Session under the Gambling Act 2005. The decision highlights the importance of following the strict requirements of the statute to the letter in progressing an appeal, in respect of both jurisdiction and the timing of lodging an appeal.