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The issue of whether, or not, reviews by Local Review Bodies (LRBs) should be conducted by means of a full consideration of the application afresh (De Novo), or whether they are solely a review of the appointed officer's decision has been raised regularly by delegates of the Local Review Body forum.
By way of clarification and in the interests of consistency, Annex A sets out the Scottish Government's position on this matter and confirms that the 'de novo' approach should be adopted in determining cases brought before LRBs.
I hope this information is helpful in setting out the Scottish Government's position on this particular matter.