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Integrated Communities Strategy green paper

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Deadline 5th June

The Integrated Communities Strategy green paper from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government invites views on the government’s vision for building strong integrated communities where people – whatever their background – live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities.

The green paper sets out an ambitious programme of actions they propose to take across government to deliver this vision at the local and national level.

They want to hear from individuals, communities and organisations about the most effective ways to address integration challenges.

For more information go to the Government website

Tackling the plastic problem

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Deadline 18th May

This call for evidence from Treasury will explore how changes to the tax system or charges could be used to reduce the amount of single-use plastics we waste by reducing unnecessary production, increasing reuse, and improving recycling. The government would also like to explore how it can also drive innovation in this area to achieve the same outcomes.

The government will consider all options for using the tax system to address single-use plastic waste and to drive innovation, and will use the evidence gathered from this call to inform that process. The government wants to look broadly across the whole supply chain, from production and retail to consumption and disposal, in order to gain the best possible understanding of the whole landscape before deciding on the best course of action.

For more information go to the Government website

Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) safety review

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Deadline 1st June

This review invites those with an interest in improving safety of cyclists and pedestrians to provide evidence, drawing on experience from the UK or other countries, that can be used to shape future policy decisions.

This call for evidence forms part of the wider consultation on road safety issues related to cycling – phase 2 of the Cycle Safety Review, announced in September 2017.

For more information and to contribute go to the Government website


Consultation – Voice and Influence information and guidance (Hull)

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Deadline 30th April

Hull Safeguarding Children Board, Hull City Council -Early Help, Youth Services and East Riding Voluntary Action Services are currently developing a simple information and guidance document in relation to creating meaningful Voice and Influence of children and young people in the city, which could hopefully be adapted and used by all groups and services, regardless of size or sector.

They would welcome your feedback on the pdf document below by the end of April and also if you could ask children and young people you work with for their thoughts, that would be much appreciated.  Please email any comments, thoughts or suggestions to detty@ervas.org.uk   or contact her on 01482 871077 for further discussion.

Children and Young People’s Voice and influence guidance draft

Government takes action to tackle domestic abuse

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Deadline 31st May

The government has launched a consultation on domestic abuse, seeking new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors.

Domestic abuse comes in many forms, shattering the lives of victims and their families, and in recognition of this the government has put forward proposals for new laws which would transform our approach to this terrible crime.

The consultation, which was launched on Thursday 8th March by the Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Justice Secretary David Gauke, will seek views on measures to be included in the government’s draft Domestic Abuse Bill.

To ensure they get this landmark legislation right they now want to hear from all those who have been affected by abuse, from survivors, frontline professionals, charities and the public, to gather views on how, together, they can best put a stop to it once and for all.

For more information go to the Government website


Highways – New major projects engagement process NELC

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The way the Council engages with the public on major highways projects has changed. Many of their intentions for future projects are published in the Highways Strategy or Infrastructure Delivery Plan. The projects published in these documents are intended to go ahead at some point in the future but will be subject to  securing grant funding for any upgrades.

They are taking comments and suggestions for projects that have not yet made it to the drawing board to give the public the earliest opportunity to have their say. It is possible that comments may not be used if a project never goes ahead or the opportunity to bid does not arise.

Pre-bid comments can be submitted here: Potential Major Highways Projects – comments form.

Any project that has grant funding approved will also go through a formal consultation process on the draft design. The process for these schemes is short, straightforward to follow and available here: Major Projects Engagement Process. It also details how elected members are involved in the process.

Consultation on Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit

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Deadline 8th May

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs invites your views on its proposals for future agricultural policy.

The following documents may be found on the Government website

  • Consultation paper
  • Annex A: Stakeholder proposals
  • Annex B: Current Countryside Stewardship Options – Mid Tier, Higher Tier and Capital Items
  • The Future Farming and Evidence Compendium.

The consultation questions may be found on Citizen Space (online consultation tool)

DEFRA welcome your views and comments on the proposals. If you wish to obtain a copy of this consultation contact: agricultureconsultation@defra.gsi.gov.uk  or Agriculture Consultation team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR.

Civil society strategy: have your say

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Deadline 22nd May

From supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society to the work of charities, community groups and businesses helping good causes, civil society is part of the fabric of our society.

We want to have an open conversation about civil society, what is working well, and what government can do to strengthen it further. If you want to help create a stronger civil society, we want you to share your ideas on how government can work with and support civil society to:

  • support people – including young people – to play an active role in building a stronger society
  • unlock the full potential of the private and public sectors to support social good
  • help improve communities to make them better places to live and work in
  • build stronger public services

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

Regulators seek views on amendments to the SORP

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Deadline 4th April 

Consultation on changes to the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice is now open

The Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, who together are the SORP-making body, are inviting comments on amendments to the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) following changes in UK-Irish accounting standards.

The consultation launched will run for 6 weeks and focuses on 21 proposed amendments to the SORP which are considered necessary as a result of the changes made in December 2017 to FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland. These changes are to be made via a second Update Bulletin and include:

  • the introduction of an accounting policy choice for entities that rent investment property to another group entity
  • the clarification of the accounting treatment for payments by subsidiaries to their charitable parents that qualify for gift aid
  • the clarification of the requirement for comparatives for disclosures required by the SORP
  • the introduction of a requirement for a net debt reconciliation to be prepared as a note to the statement of cash flows

The consultation will close on Wednesday 4 April 2018. For more information, including the draft SORP Update Bulletin, and detail on how to respond refer to the dedicated SORP site. Details of consultation events are also available on the site. The changes will come into effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019.