I just wanted to remind and encourage readers to send their feedback on the proposed PATI legislation. As I understand it the deadline for submitting such feedback is November 30th, so about a week and a half from now. The submission can be by email, with the relevant address being pati/gov.bm (replace the ‘/’ with ‘@’), or by post:
The Cabinet Secretary
Ref – PATI
The Cabinet Office,
105 Front Street,
Hamilton, HM 12
As I understand it they would prefer that you cite the particular sections that you are referring to as needing change, although I am sure if you simply write giving your general views, these will also be welcomed. Referring to the particular sections would however give your feedback greater weight.
I am not a big fan of writing template letters which produce several identical copies. In my experience these letters are largely dismissed en masse, almost as spam. It is my experience though that the greater the number of submissions, especially if they all focus on the same issues, will truly have an impact on policy design, and so I would strongly encourage individuals to send their feedback in, even if it is just a short email stating that you strongly support PATI being retroactive (for example).
When the PATI legislation came out I wrote a series of posts on it, including the sections that I was referring to as needing rewritten. If readers want they can read over them and get the various sections or ideas from my own writing, although I caution that individuals should also apply their own thinking and not simply cut and paste, as I am not infallible (lol!). I will be condensing all of my thoughts on PATI into a single document and sending out as feedback before the 30th, and I will also post this document here. If readers like, they are welcome to also post their feedback thoughts here too, partly for posterity and partly for impact. It’s up to the individual.
For those interested in going over my past posts on the legislation, they can click on the links below:
PATI-cake, PATI-cake… Kerpow!
Looking Over The Draft PATI Legislation
Review Of The PATI Companion Document
More On PATI – The 30 Year Rule
PATI & Retrospectivity