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Consultations and inquiries closing over the summer

Published: Wednesday, 25th July 2018

Details of Consultations and inquiries closing over the summer in July and August 2018

Heritage Lottery Fund Policy

Directions consultation
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Closes 29th July 2018

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is the largest dedicated funder of UK heritage. As a Lottery distributor and public body it is answerable to Parliament and must take into account Policy Directions issued by Ministers. These Policy Directions are currently being revised.

This consultation  seeks views on whether the revised Policy Directions adequately cover what the HLF should take into account when allocating grants and whether there is anything that the HLF does that is not included.

Full details can be found here.

Banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Closes 14th August 2018

This proposal is in line with the Secretary of State’s commitment to consult on banning the use of combustible materials in cladding systems of high-rise residential buildings. This consultation seeks views on proposals to ban certain materials. There will also be a detailed impact assessment based on the information received during the consultation to inform the final policy decision.

Full details can be found here.

Serious violence inquiry

Home Affairs Select Committee

Closes 16th August 2018

The Serious Violence Strategy was published in April 2018 with a particular focus on approaches to tackle the recent increases in knife crime, gun crime and homicide. The then Home Secretary said it was clear “we cannot arrest our way out of this issue and that tackling serious violence requires a multiple-strand approach involving police, local authorities, health and education partners to name but a few”.

The Committee is inviting evidence on evidence including -

  • Progress in combatting serious violent crime in recent years
  • Whether the Serious Violence Strategy is likely to be effective
  • Whether the balance between prevention and law enforcement in the Strategy is the right one
  • Whether there are sufficient resources

The Committee is also particularly interest in evidence on the main themes of the Strategy:
Tackling County Lines and the Misuse of Drugs
Early Intervention and Prevention
Supporting Communities and Local Partnerships
Effect Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Response

Full details can be found here.

Making byelaws to protect sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs)

Natural England

Closes 22nd August 2018

Natural England is considering using its byelaw-making powers to protect Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSs) at a local level, where necessary. SSIs are notified by Natural England as part of its statutory functions and are protected by law in order to conserve their wildlife or geology. As part of its Conservation Strategy, Natural England is seeking to improve its capability to exercise its existing SSSI byelaw-making powers.

Full details can be found here.

Household waste duty of care: updating the guidance

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Welsh Government

Closes 28th August 2018

Householders have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure their waste is passed to an authorised person. Currently the only option for the regulator (usually the local authority) to address breaches is to take the offender to court. At the start of the year, DEFRA consulted on proposals to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector and on introducing fix penalties for householder duty of care breaches.

In this consultation, the Department is seeking views on their updated guidance for householders on meeting the duty of care for household waste. If it is decided to introduce fixed penalties, the Department is proposing to issue non-statutory guidance to local authorities. This guidance is being consulted on ahead of the final decision to allow for timely introduction if needed.

Full details can be found here.

Cross Country rail franchise

Department for Transport

Closes 30th August 2018

The current Cross Country franchise is due to end in December 2019 and the Department for Transport is running a competition to select the next operator. This consultation seeks view on various aspects of the Cross Country passenger rail service which will inform what the Department will ask from potential operators who re-letting the franchise.

Full detail can be found here.

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