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Consultations and inquiries

Published: Tuesday, 2nd October 2018

Consultations on shale gas planning, social housing rents, river basin plans, inquiries into active travel and the impact of a no deal Brexit on health and social care.

Government consultations on shale gas planning and social housing rents, an Environment Agency consultation on river basin plans and select committee inquiries into active travel and the impact of a no deal Brexit on health and social care

Active travel inquiry

House of Commons Transport Committee

Closes 11th October 2018

The Transport Committee is calling for written evidence on:
• the benefits and risks of active travel, and the extent to which they are properly understood by the public and Government;
• recent trends in walking and cycling and factors contributing to these trends;
• the effectiveness of the Department for Transport in setting the strategic objectives for active travel and in working with other departments that have relevant responsibilities;
• the balance of responsibilities for active transport between central Government and local bodies and whether the current arrangements achieve an appropriate balance;
• implementation of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) so far, including in relation to the Cycling Ambition Cities.

Full details can be found here

Impact of a no deal Brexit on health and social care inquiry

House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee

Closes 15th October 2018

The Health and Social Care Committee is holding an evidence session on the impact of a no deal Brexit on health and social care. Ahead of the session, the Committee is inviting written submission from all interested parties, setting out:
• What the impact of a no-deal Brexit is likely to be on their sector of the health and social care system.
• Specifically, what the risks are to patients and to the health and social care system of leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
• How effectively stakeholders are planning for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.
• How effectively they consider the Government is planning for such an outcome.
• What further planning or reassurances is required in order to ensure that the impact of a no-deal Brexit on health and social care would be minimised.

Full details can be found here

Permitted development for shale gas exploration consultation

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Closes 25th October 2018

The Government is seeking views on the principle of whether non-hydraulic fracturing shale gas exploration development should be granted planning permission through a permitted development right, and in particular the circumstances in which it would be appropriate.

Full details can be found here

Rents for social housing from 2020-21

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Closes 8th November 2018

MHCLG are consulting on a proposed new direction form the Secretary of State to the Regulator of Social Housing to ensure that, from 2020 onwards, the Regulator’s rent standard:
• reflects the Government’s intention to permit registered providers to increase their rents by up to CPI+1% each year, for a period of at least 5 years (recognising the need for stable financial environment to support the delivery of new homes).
• applies to local authority registered providers (as well as to private registered providers) to reflect the roll-out of Universal Credit

The direction also sets out the basis on which social rents and affordable rents are set.

Full details can be found here

River basin planning: working together consultation

Environment Agency

Closes 22nd December 2018

The current river basin management plans were published in February 2016. The plans must be reviewed and updated every 6 years. The first consultation on updating the plans is the Working Together consultation, which seeks views on:
• how other plans and strategies affect, or are affected by, the river basin management plans
• the proposed timetable and content of the work programme to review and update the river basin management plans
• whether all relevant stakeholders have been identified
• how people can get involved in the review and update of the river basin management plans

Full details can be found here

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