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Ending the sale of energy drinks to children

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Deadline 21st November

The government is seeking views from the public on ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people in England.

The consultation proposes that a ban would apply to drinks that contain more than 150mg of caffeine per litre and prevent all retailers from selling the drinks to children.

It follows the publication of the latest chapter of the government’s childhood obesity plan in June 2018, which outlines a series of measures as well as a commitment to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

For more information, go to the Department of Health website

Consultation on the Fundraising Code

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Deadline 16th November

The Code of Fundraising Practice outlines the standards expected of charitable fundraisers across the UK. It is a key part of maintaining public trust and confidence in the sector, providing reassurance for the public that charitable organisations hold themselves accountable and that they will handle complaints appropriately.

It is vital that all fundraisers can use and understand the Code of Fundraising Practice, and that it is easily accessible to the public.

The Fundraising Regulator has gathered feedback on the Code in several ways since it launched in 2016, including:

  • Feedback from the first consultation in February 2017.
  • Roundtable sessions with smaller charities.
  • Conversations with other regulators and bodies representing the sector.
  • Queries and comments received from fundraisers and members of the public through the enquiries and complaints functions.

That feedback has influenced this review.

This consultation focuses on the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the Code.

The consultation does not propose to make fundamental changes to the standards within the Code, except where a standard may be identified as an unnecessary repetition or contradiction of a rule elsewhere in the Code, where the meaning is unclear or where it is found to be inaccurate in relation to UK law.

The consultation is intended to establish views on the proposed changes outlined below. Once the consultation is concluded any changes that may result to the Code will be subject to a full technical and legal review.

For more information, go to the Fundraising Regulator’s website

Libraries Consultation – Your Input Matters (North East Lincs)

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North East Lincolnshire Council would like to hear the views of Forum members on its library services. A consultation is running until 30 September, to help shape a long term plan for the future.

Whether you’re a regular library user or never visit, the council would like to hear from you.  Questions on learning, culture and health information are all included in the survey, to see what kind of services you’d like to see in  library buildings and in their online offer.

The council operates four libraries, in Grimsby, Cleethorpes Immingham and Waltham and these are managed by Lincs Inspire Ltd. Five other libraries previously run by the council are now the responsibility of charities and community groups, and are not included in the consultation.

There is a short survey available to complete at www.nelincs.gov.uk/have-your-say  or you can pop into your local council library and fill in a paper copy.

If your group would rather have a conversation about the questions in the consultation, then please send any group comments to Mary Marsh  by email – mary.marsh@nelincs.gov.uk  If your group would prefer a face-to-face discussion about the consultation then please contact Mary by email or ring 01472 325903.


Town Deal – How should Grimsby look?

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In July this year, Government signed up to the Greater Grimsby Town Deal proposals worth around £67m. These proposals, over time, will realise more than 8800 new jobs and nearly 10000 new homes in the borough.

In the last few years, there have been various schemes delivered in the town centre, from the £6m Cartergate building development, to improved highways and street furniture, and more are already in development as part of the Masterplan for the town centre.
As part of including residents and businesses to be part of the Town Deal, North East Lincolnshire Council would like your views on some of the proposals for the town centre, access issues, and things that could be developed to encourage more visitors.

You can have your say by taking part in the Town deal survey here.

Street Scene Select Committee – Dates released North East Lincs

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Sent on behalf of Cllr Stephen Beasant

Hello, The dates for the Select Committee review into street scene have now been announced. Those of you who have expressed an interest in attending a select committee session will be sent an invitation to attend however members of the public are able to attend any open session should they wish.

To be invited to the select committee or to have a question presented at the select committee you must complete the survey as either a community/voluntary group representative or individual – link to survey is here.

Session 1: Wednesday 19 September

Opening presentation, questions to officers and consideration of the Cabinet litter bin review report.

Session 2: Monday 24 September

Public themed. Ward Councillors (collectively by wards) will be invited – 15 mins slots each. Cllr Brookes re: the grass cutting petition.

Session 3: Wednesday 26 September

Community themed. Community groups, voluntary sector, Town and Parish Council Rep, selected questions from the completed consultation – 15 min slots each. Consideration on the feedback from the consultation.

Session 4 (Private/Closed): Tuesday 2 October

Private session for re-grouping and initial deliberations.

Session 5: Thursday 4 October

Final session for deliberations and agreeing recommendations


All meetings will be held in the Grimsby Town Hall starting at 5.30 p.m.

If you have not yet given your views as evidence for the Select Committee review you can still do so here: https://streetscene.questionpro.eu

The Select Committee has been set up to focus on the quality of the local street scene.

There have been significant changes to Council’s Smarter Neighbourhoods Programme, which has resulted in alterations to the way a number of services, such as street cleansing and grass cutting, are delivered.

The main aims of the Select Committee include the following:

  • Understand the impact of these service changes on the ‘Street Scene’ in North East Lincolnshire
  • Identify areas of potential improvement focusing on building community resilience and increasing civic pride and make recommendations to the Council’s cabinet.

The Select Committee is due to hold four public hearings in September. More details about the hearings will be provided at a later date.

The Select Committee will look at the following topics that sit under two headings – the physical environment and environmental anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Stephen Beasant

Chair of the Select Committee

Energy & Water Survey – Greater Lincolnshire

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Deadline: Friday 21st September 2018

Securing enough energy for the future and managing water supplies is crucial if the Greater Lincolnshire economy is to grow.

Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise are leading on an energy and water strategy for Greater Lincolnshire and they would like your views by taking their online survey here.

The energy strategy for Greater Lincolnshire will link to their Strategic Economic Plan and form one of the chapters of the emerging Local Industrial Strategy.

Alongside the survey Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise will also be staging a number of focus groups and one-to-one sessions with people from business and the public sector.

If you would like to be considered for the one-to-one sessions or focus groups, please email andrew.brooks@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Disabled music fans asked to get vocal about access barriers at live shows

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Deadline 31st October

A charity is asking people with disabilities to contribute to new online research about accessibility issues at live music events and nightclubs, and by acting as ‘mystery shoppers’ at gigs and events.

The research is being conducted by the Attitude is Everything charity, which works to make live events more accessible for people with disabilities. The charity is asking anyone with a visual or hearing impairment to complete a survey on ‘sensory impairment and live music’ on its website.

In the questionnaire, respondents are asked to describe any barriers they may have faced when trying to get their access needs fulfilled at music events. Respondents are also asked to record any good experiences they may have encountered.

The survey closes on October 31 and the Attitude is Everything website states that the results will “inform new guidance for the music industry on making their events as accessible as possible to people with hearing and visual impairments, and for people who use BSL.”

The charity is also asking for people with disabilities to act as ‘mystery shoppers’, to report on positive and negative experiences from live music shows, clubs and festivals. The mystery shopper project is described by Attitude is Everything as the ‘cornerstone’ of its work, as it allows for detailed feedback, which can then be passed on to some venues to make improvements.

The new research follows the publication of the charity’s ‘State of Access Report 2018’, released in April, which found that a large percentage of people with disabilities had been put off booking tickets to live music events or clubs or had felt discriminated against during the process, often due to inaccessible websites and online booking systems

Find out more about the ‘Sensory Impairment and Live Music’ research and take the survey on the Attitude is Everything website Anyone interested in becoming a mystery shopper for Attitude is Everything can find out more about the project and apply online at the charity’s website.

Enforcement of the Equality Act: Inquiry

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Deadline 5th October

The Women and Equalities Committee launches an inquiry into the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 – legislation which is designed to “provide a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all”.l

Individuals can take legal action to enforce their right not to be discriminated against, mostly through employment tribunals and county courts.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) also has duties and powers to enforce the Act and it has stated that it wishes to become a more ‘muscular’ regulator.

The Committee has already made recommendations to improve the enforcement of the Equality Act in specific areas. These include:

  • extending time limits for bringing certain employment cases (pregnancy & maternity and sexual harassment reports)
  • adequate financial penalties (workplace dress codes and sexual harassment reports)
  • increased use by the EHRC of its enforcement powers (workplace dress codes, older workers)
  • greater action by regulators to tackle discrimination in the organisations they oversee (pregnancy and maternity, sexual harassment in the workplace)

The Committee now wants to know what more needs to be done to achieve widespread compliance with the Equality Act 2010 for all those with rights under it.

For more information, and to respond, go to the Parliament website

Health and social care and LGBT communities: inquiry

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Deadline 5th October

Existing evidence shows that health outcomes are generally worse for LGBT people than for the rest of the population. The Government’s recent survey of 108,000 LGBT people found that many had difficulties accessing healthcare services, some had experienced inappropriate questioning and curiosity from healthcare staff, and that many feel their specific needs are not taken into account in their care.

The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry to consider whether provision is adequate, whether discrimination is still occurring, and what more needs to be done to improve access to health and social care.

For more information and to respond go to the Parliament website

Towards An Active Hull 2018 – 2028

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Towards An Active Hull 2018 – 2028′ is a new draft ten year strategy from Hull City Council for increasing physical activity. It aims to empower, enable and support communities and individuals to be more active.

From the most recent Active Lives survey, to achieve the same ‘active’ rate as England, Hull would require an additional 7,550 adults (aged 16+) moving from the ‘inactive’ or ‘fairly active’ categories (based on 2015 ONS mid-year population estimates).

Hull Culture and Leisure and Hull City Council are keen to hear your views about the proposed strategy.

You can take part here