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Help the Charity Commission improve its safeguarding guidance

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In October 2018 the Commission launched refreshed guidance about Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees. The issue of safeguarding and protecting people has continued to dominate the headlines, with the sector producing new tools and resources to help support charities.

The guidance is intended to be a clear, concise overview of what trustees need to do, signposting to other sources of support on specific issues.

Given the diversity of the charity sector, the aim is that it is useful to all charities, regardless of size or purpose: that it is a starting point for all trustees to understand their duties which then signposts to specialist advice on specific issues.

As the awareness of this issue grows the Commission want to understand how you use this guidance and whether you find it useful. Does it cover the matters you need to know more about? If you used the links to specialist information on other websites was there a link to the information you needed?

Complete their short survey about how you use this guidance. It will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Your answers will be completely anonymous and the Commission don’t collect any personal data.

How should the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency engage and involve patients and the public in its work?

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Deadline 6th October

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agencywant to adopt a more systematic approach to listening to and involving patients – ensuring that the patient voice is heard when safety issues, concerning medicines or medical devices, are identified and in the licensing of new medicines.

They also plan to do more to communicate about who they are and the results of their work.

They would like to hear from:

  • patients
  • patient group representatives
  • carers
  • healthcare professionals

By taking part you will help to identify what the priorities should be for patient engagement and involvement in the future.

For more information and to take part go to the Government website


People’s Panel VOX POP survey is now open

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Deadline 4th September

This survey was developed in partnership with the University of Hull Cresting project and asks about the circular economy.

Can you help Hull to lead the way?

The results will be used to inform Hull City Council’s Environment and Climate Change Strategy. They want to know about:

  • Sharing, re-purposing, re-using, repairing, buying second-hand
  • What do you do? What could you do?
  • How do you feel about buying second-hand?
  • How do you feel about leasing and hiring instead of owning
  • Do you have the skills to repair or re-purpose things?
  • Would you like to get the skills to repair or re-purpose things?

Click to complete the latest People’s Panel Vox Pop survey

Humber’s Strategy Refresh – “Have Your Say!”

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Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is refreshing it’s Strategy, which sets out the most important things it should focus on in the coming few years to ensure it deliver the best services possible.

The Trust want to hear from as many people as possible that are affected by, or have an interest in, its services to identify what things it should be focussing on that really matter.  These people may be patients, service users, carers, staff and partner organisations.

The Trust has arranged a number of “Drop-in Session” where people can come along and have their say on what’s important to them in relation to the care and services it provide.  There are no thoughts or ideas that will not be heard.

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled events, there is an opportunity to participate via an online survey here 

For further information, please email Hnf-tr.strategyengagement@nhs.net 

7th August 12.30 – 2.30pm Rm1, Learning Centre, Trust Headquarters, Willerby Hill, Beverley Road, Willerby, HU10 6ED

13th August 9.30 – 11am Rosedale Community Unit, Preston Road, Hull, HU12 8JU

14th August 11am – 12pm Alfred Bean Hospital, Bridlington Road, Driffield, YO25 5JR

14th August Midday – 2.30pm Meeting Room 2, Trust Headquarters, Willerby Hill, Beverley Road, Willerby, HU10 6ED

21st August 12.30 – 2.30pm Conference Room B, Trust Headquarters, Willerby Hill, Beverley Road, Willerby, HU10 6ED

28th August Midday – 2pm Meeting Room 2, Trust Headquarters, Willerby Hill, Beverley Road, Willerby, HU10 6ED

Good Work Plan: Proposals to support families

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Final deadline 29th November

Government are seeking views on proposals to better support parents to balance work and family-life. Sections 2 and 3 (neonatal and transparency) close on 11 October, section 1 closes on  29 November 2019

It covers:

  1. Parental leave and pay: This section sets out high level options for reforming existing entitlements which could help parents to balance the gender division of parental leave.
  2. Neonatal leave and pay: This section looks at proposals for a new leave and pay entitlement for parents of babies that require neonatal care after birth.
  3. Transparency of flexible working and family related leave and pay policies: This section looks at whether employers should have a duty to consider if a job can be done flexibly and make that clear when advertising a role. It also considers options for requiring large employers (those with 250 or more employees) to publish their family related leave and pay and flexible working policies.

For more information go to the Government website

Fuel poverty strategy for England

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Deadline 16th September

Fuel poverty is defined in the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 as:

a person [who] is a member of a household living on a lower income in a home which cannot be kept warm at reasonable cost.

In 2014, the government introduced in legislation a fuel poverty target for England to improve as many fuel poor homes as is reasonably practicable to a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C, by the end of 2030.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is looking to update the fuel poverty strategy for England. This consultation has 2 aims:

  • to publish an assessment of the implementation of the 2015 fuel poverty strategy so far
  • to seek views on proposals to update the fuel poverty strategy

For more information go to the Government website

A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants

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Deadline 12th October

The government is committed to modernising the rented sector, and intends to introduce a new, fairer deal for both landlords and tenants.

On 15 April 2019, the government announced that it will put an end to so called ‘no-fault’ evictions by repealing section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. Under the new framework, a tenant cannot be evicted from their home without good reason. This will provide tenants with more stability, protecting them from having to make frequent moves at short notice, and enabling them to put down roots and plan for the future.

The government also proposed to strengthen the section 8 eviction process, so landlords are able to regain their property should they wish to sell it or move into it themselves. This will provide a more secure legal framework and a more stable rental market for landlords to remain and invest in.

This consultation seeks views on how section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 has been used in the past, and the circumstances in which landlords should be able to regain possession once it has been abolished, including what changes may be necessary to the existing grounds for possession in Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988.

They are also inviting views on the implications of removing the ability of landlords to grant assured shorthold tenancies in the future, how the processing of repossession orders through the courts could be improved, and whether the reforms should be extended to other types of landlords, most notably, to housing associations.

For more information go to the Government website

Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: call for evidence

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Deadline 15th October

The Homelessness Reduction Act is intended to reform homelessness legislation. It is a key lever for reducing homelessness and helping to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and ending it altogether.

This call for evidence seeks to gather evidence on:

  • the impact the Act has had and the outcomes that are being achieved
  • how has the Act changed the approach of local housing authorities and their partners to tackling homelessness and supporting those in need
  • the experience of people approaching their local housing authority for help
  • how the implementation of the Act has been resourced, including the level of new burdens funding to assist this
  • what elements of the Act and processes are working well, and which might need adjustment

For more information go to the Government website

Inquiry into the future of the National Lottery

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Deadline 30th August

The DCMS Committee is launching an inquiry to consider whether changes are needed in the operation of the National Lottery as the process begins to award a new licence from 2023.

The current operator, Camelot, has run the National Lottery since its launch in 1994.

DCMS Committee Chair Damian Collins MP said:

“This autumn it will be 25 years since the National Lottery was launched and in that time it has raised more than £39 billion for good causes.

“A lot has changed since the first lottery draw was made in 1994, and this is the right moment to look at how the new licence should be awarded and managed. In particular, against a background of falling lottery receipts we want to consider the sustainability of the lottery.

“We also want to investigate whether changes to the lottery market, including the work of society lotteries, are having an impact on the way people choose spend their money.”

Terms of Reference

The Committee is seeking written evidence that addresses the following questions:

  • What lessons should be learnt from the previous license periods in designing, awarding and managing the fourth National Lottery licence?
  • Is there need for greater flexibility to enable the licence to respond to changing consumer habits?
  • How should the next licence be structured to maximise returns for good causes?
  • What challenges will the next operator of the National Lottery face, and what can Government and the Gambling Commission do to mitigate against them?
  • What has been the impact of society lotteries, or other changes to the lottery market, on the main National Lottery draw?
  • How can lottery funding distributors be better supported to manage changing trends in receipts for good causes?

Submitting evidence

The Committee invites evidence from the public, organisations and others with relevant expertise, on the terms of reference. The deadline for submitting evidence is 5pm on Friday 30 August.

For more information go to the Parliament website