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Local councils are very often on the frontline of the state’s relationship with the people and ministers have told them to ask themselves searching questions about how their decisions affect individual rights.

Legal observers of demonstrations which have turned violent have argued that the public has not been able to take action against officers because it has been unclear under what rules the police are operating.

Individuals could make claims against councils in anti-social behaviour cases where they would try to prove that, for example, an authority’s lack of action over a nuisance neighbour has detrimentally affected their right to family life and enjoyment of possessions.

There could be scope for actions under Article Two (right to life) or the right to enjoy property if an individual could prove that an authority has failed to clean up an environmental health hazard.
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