By Alison Dunn
The essays during this assortment draw out the tensions among the voluntary zone, the kingdom and the legislation, and spotlight the numerous parts the place relationships among the crucial actors are uneasy. the rules of independence and autonomy, legislation and responsibility and patronage via partnership have underpinned the advance of the 3rd quarter over the past 20 years. The lodging of those topics has created tensions, no longer least as the obstacles among kingdom and voluntary obligations have shifted. The emphasis of presidency has switched from the position of supplier to enabler and regulator. the industrial weather has intended that many charities and voluntary agencies were compelled via monetary pressures to provide companies, interact in buying and selling actions and practice quite a lot of occasionally conflicting features that can threaten their relationships with clients and funders. The contributions to this quantity deal with the urgent felony questions about governance, openness, responsibility and rules raised by way of the adjustments.
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Case law since Rose Theatre Trust has shown some movement away from this narrow approach, but much appears to rest with the discretion of individual judges. In R. v. HM Inspectorate of Pollution, ex parte Greenpeace Ltd,34 Otton J granted leave to Greenpeace to bring an application in relation to the testing of a nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield in part on the basis that Greenpeace had some 2,000 of its members living in the vicinity of Sellafield, and was therefore representative of persons having a direct interest in the matter.
V. Somerset CC, ex parte Harcombe, The Times, 7 May 1997, QBD (Council entitled to take account of the value of a person’s house in assessing how much a person should be required to contribute towards nursing home accommodation, and entitled to obtain a charge over that house, suspended as long as her adult son lived in it). 11 This decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal. 12 In R. v. Lambeth LBC, ex parte Caddell 13 the court had to determine whether the responsibility to provide a person leaving care at the age of 18 with continuing advice, assistance and support under the Children Act 1989, section 24 rested with the local authority in whose area he was resident and had been placed when in foster care, or with the authority into whose care he had originally been committed.
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, ex parte World Development Movement,35 concerning the government’s decision to finance the building of the Pergau Dam in Malaysia. Again, the court had regard to the public interest in bringing the matter before the courts, and the fact that if the pressure group concerned did not bring the application it was quite possible that no one would. This case differs from Greenpeace in that the World Development Movement did not, even to the court, appear to be representing persons who would, as individuals, have had locus standi in the matter.