The Database now allows individuals to access statutory instruments on line so it's now very easy to check the validity of a statutory body's assertions. For example, earlier this year I used the Highway Act (among others) to prove that the County Council had lied to me regarding their need to obtain planning permission during 2001.
As most watchers are aware local authorities often quote some Act or other to support their position. Well you can now check the wording of the said Act for yourself to see if they are actually telling the truth or just spinning a line.
Knowledge is power