Balancing discretion and certainty
How should we balance the need for discretion in applying water abstraction restrictions against the need to provide clear expectations for businesses upfront?
Why the contribution is important
Some discretion is important because the individual circumstances at a catchment level can be very different. Having a degree of discretion allows for flexibility at the catchment level. In the recent past the way in which the Environment Agency has used its discretion in applying section 57 restrictions on irrigators has been praised (see the supporting information for more information). However many businesses and individuals may also want a level of certainty on when restrictions will apply in order to help them plan.
by abstractionreform on September 05, 2014 at 10:58AM