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Consultations and inquiries

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2019

Consultations, calls for evidence and inquiries from DCMS, the Department for Transport and the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee.

Public consultation on the Statement of Strategic Priorities for telecommunications, the management of radio spectrum and post

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Closes 27th March 2019

This consultation seeks views on the Government’s draft Statement of Strategic Priorities (SSP) for telecommunications, the management of radio spectrum and post.

The power for the Government to designate an SSP was introduced in the Digital Economy Act 2017 and this is the first time that this power has been used. Once the SSP is formally designated, Ofcom must have regard to it when exercising its regulatory functions.

The Government has identified the following strategic priority areas to be covered by the Statement of Strategic Priorities (SSP):

Section 1: World-class digital infrastructure
The Government’s commitment to world-class digital infrastructure for the UK, reflecting the conclusions of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR).

Section 2: Furthering the interests of telecoms consumers
The Government’s commitment to safeguarding the interests of telecoms consumers, including the vulnerable and less engaged, by ensuring they are better informed and protected.

Section 3: Secure and resilient telecoms infrastructure
The Government’s commitment to ensuring the UK’s telecoms networks and services are secure and resilient.

Section 4: Postal services
The Government’s commitment to a universal postal service and need for industry and Ofcom to work together to secure the long-term sustainability of the sector.

Full details on the public consultation can be found here.

Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review Inquiry

House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
Deadline for written evidence 17th April 2019

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee is conducting an inquiry into local government finance. Ahead of the Spending Review 2019 expected this autumn, the inquiry is considering how effective the existing funding set-up for local government is in providing resources to meet need and demand for local services both now and in the future. The Committee’s work will seek to directly inform government policy towards local government funding in the Spending Review and beyond.

The Committee is inviting submissions on:

  • What lessons can be learned from past changes to local government funding in England,   the current financial situation of councils, and how this has affected their ability to deliver   services.
  • The efficiency, fitness for purpose and sustainability of the current system for funding local  government (central government funding, council tax, business rates retention and other   income); how it could be improved, including options for widening the available sources of   funding; and what lessons can be learned from other jurisdictions.
  • How funding needs of local government are assessed. The current and forecast funding   needs of local government and how these needs can be better understood at both a    national and local level.
  • The approach the Government should take to local government funding as part of the    2019 Spending Review, what the key features of that settlement should be, and what the   potential merits are of new or alternative approaches to the provision of funding within the review.

Full details on the inquiry can be found here.

Light rail and other rapid transit solutions in cities and towns: call for evidence

Department for Transport
Closes 19th May 2019

This call for evidence from the Department for Transport is seeking views on the opportunities available to introduce new Light Rail Systems or other rapid transit solutions in towns and cities in England, how to better harness the opportunities for building on the popularity of light rail and to build manufacturing and engineering capacity.

The call for evidence also asks a range of questions including:

  • if there is a need for other light rail and other rapid transit systems in the UK
  • what the possible environmental, economic and congestion benefits would be of introducing new systems
  • if there are issues preventing light rail and other rapid transit solutions

Full details on light rail and other rapid transit solutions can be found here.

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