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The Government’s response to the Public Administration Select Committee report ‘Smaller Government: Shrinking the Quango state’ sets out the plans for reforming public bodies. It includes new Triennial Review requirements for Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB).
Triennial Reviews are expected to take between 3-6 months and are carried out by the Sponsor Department of the respective bodies. The Judicial Office is carrying out the review of the Civil and Family Justice Councils.
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Call for evidence
In order to review the continuing need for the functions and the form of the CJC & FJC and its statutory powers to perform these functions, the review team is seeking evidence from a wide range of bodies in response to the two principal aims stated by Cabinet Office (as detailed below).
The review would particularly welcome hearing from users of both councils.
While the review is primarily aimed at those with some knowledge or experience of the work of the Councils, anyone may choose to use it as the basis for submitting their evidence.
Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004).
If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the Ministry.
Your personal data will be processed in accordance with the DPA and in the majority of circumstances, this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.