Poor Relief

In our consultation paper we propose the repeal of 57 obsolete Acts relating to the poor law relief arrangements that existed before the advent of the modern welfare state.  Indeed most of them are relics of the parish-based system that existed before 1834.  The earliest of them date back to 1697 during the reign of … Read more >

Post-legislative Scrutiny

Project status: Complete

On 20 March 2008 the Government announced its acceptance of the proposals in our report on post-legislative scrutiny. As the body charged with keeping all the law under review we are concerned both at the volume of legislation that is passed by Parliament and whether it accurately gives effect to the underlying policy aims. We … Read more >

Powers of the Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill

Project status: Complete

The Bill that is the subject of this Report consolidates certain enactments relating to the powers of courts in England and Wales to deal with offenders and defaulters and to the treatment of such persons. A joint report with the Scottish Law Commission.

Pre-judgment Interest on Debts and Damages

Project status: Complete

This project reviews the system for awarding interest before judgment, which leads to widespread confusion and mistakes. Even when the rules are applied correctly, they bear little relationship to commercial reality. In short cases, debtors often pay too much – frequently paying 8 per cent at a time when base rate is 4 per cent or less. … Read more >