Minister encourages street parties
"Bonkers" health and safety rules need not apply to royal wedding street parties, according to new advice from local government minister Grant Shapps.
With just a week to go until Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot, Mr Shapps is reassuring people across the country that it is not too late to arrange a party to mark the royal wedding.
He is the latest Government figure to insist bureaucracy and red tape will not stop people joining in celebrations on April 29.
Earlier this month Prime Minister David Cameron urged people to go ahead with street parties, saying: "I'm very much saying today if people want to have a street party, don't listen to people who say it's all bureaucracy and health and safety, and you can't do it.
"You don't have to pay for street closures, you don't have to have special health and safety permission because there are councils out there that are telling you you do need these things: You don't.
"So, if you do want to celebrate with Catherine and with William, you should go ahead and do so."
Writing in The Sun, Mr Cameron urged councils not to interfere and to "let people get on and have fun".
And Mr Shapps echoed the Prime Minister's message, urging people not to listen to those who may claim that health and safety laws prevent them celebrating and clarifying what people can and cannot do.
"Through this advice we've made clear that the bonkers health and safety rules that can prevent simple celebrations taking place need not apply to royal wedding parties - far from it, they can be set up with the minimum of fuss and almost no form-filling," he said.
"So with just one more week until Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day, there is still time for communities to organise their celebrations, whether in their street, in their local open space or even in someone's garden. My message to neighbourhoods across the country is clear - if you want to celebrate the royal wedding, get out the bunting and start planning a party in your area."