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Government calls for evidence on people who have Variations in Sex Characteristics

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Deadline 28th March

Variations in sex characteristics (VSC), sometimes referred to as ‘intersex’ or ‘differences in sex development’, is an umbrella term used to describe physical sex development which differs from what is generally expected of males or females. These variations are present from birth and may be chromosomal, gonadal, anatomical or hormonal.

Depending on the individual case, these differences may be visible at birth or untraceable until puberty, or even later in life. Research from clinical experts suggests the ‘number of people born with atypical genitalia may be as high as 1 in 300 births, but the birth prevalence of a condition that may lead to true genital ambiguity on expert examination may be as low as 1 in 5000 births.’

The call for evidence is designed for VSC individuals, their parents, carers, and legal guardians, and professionals and service providers to share their views and experiences on:

  • Terminology – the terms people prefer using to describe having variations in sex characteristics
  • Healthcare – how decisions are made around medical interventions and how healthcare services could be improved
  • Education – how people with variations in sex characteristics experience school and how the education system could be improved
  • Support services – what support, if any, affected individuals and their families receive and how support services could be improved
  • Issues faced in day to day life – people’s experiences of being in the workplace, of claiming benefits and using sport and leisure services
  • Sex assignment, birth registration and correcting birth certificates – whether people have changed their birth certificate if the sex was incorrectly assigned at birth and parent’s experiences of registering a child’s birth
  • Any other issues they have faced and want to raise

For more information go to the Government website

Restricting promotions of products high in fat, sugar and salt by location and by price

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Deadline 6th April

This proposal was set out in Childhood obesity: a plan for action, chapter 2.

This consultation asks what you think about:

  1. restricting volume-based price promotions of HFSS food and drink that encourage people to buy more than they need, for example, ‘buy one, get one free’ and free refills of sugary soft drinks
  2. restricting the placement of HFSS food and drink at main selling locations in stores, such as checkouts, aisle ends and store entrances

This consultation also seeks your views on:

  • which businesses, products and types of promotions should be included in the restrictions
  • definitions for HFSS products, price promotions and locations in stores
  • how businesses can put this into practice and whether they will face any difficulties

For more information and to take part go to the department for Health and Social Care

Local Government Pension Scheme: Fair Deal – strengthening pension protection

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Deadline 4th April

This consultation contains proposals which would strengthen the pensions protections that apply when an employee of a Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) employer is compulsorily transferred to the employment of a service provider.

The proposed amendments to the LGPS Regulations 2013 would, in most cases, give transferred staff a continued right to membership of the LGPS. These changes would bring the LGPS in line with the government’s October 2013 Fair Deal guidance that applies in relation to transfers from central government.

For more information go to the Government website

The MS Society want to hear from you if you have MS

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A recent piece of work conducted internally by the MS Society identified a number of core groups that were under-represented in MS Society research. In view of this they have enlisted the help of ClearView Research, an agency that specialises in reaching the hard to reach, to help them to hear the views and experiences of people from these under-represented groups and also to find out why they do not engage with the Society, or how the Society might better engage with them.

They want to hear from everyone with MS, but particularly if you are aged 18-50 years, live with MS in a rural area, are newly diagnosed, would describe yourself as Black or Black British and Asian or Asian British, are severely affected by MS,or are LGBTQ+

The survey will be in the form of a telephone interview

For your convenience, the phone interview can occur at any point between Monday and Sunday between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm.

The interview should take between 15-20 minutes to complete.

The registration form will take less than 2 mins to fill out.

For more information and to volunteer to be interviewed click here

For more information about the MS Society go to their website

Police Funding Survey 2019/20

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Deadline 31st January

The Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Keith Hunter, is asking residents to give their views about police funding in an online survey.

Last month the Home Office announced the provisional funding settlement for police forces for 2019/20 together with details of the referendum principles in respect of increases in Council Tax. As part of the announcement about increased funding for policing the Government assumed that all Police and Crime Commissioners would make maximum use of the flexibility to increase funding from local taxpayers through the police precept, by £24 per year based on a Band D property. The police precept is the part of the Council Tax that contributes towards the total funding available to Police and Crime Commissioner to provide policing, community safety and victims’ services.

In the Humberside Police force area this would generate an extra £3.2m above the £12 increase that was already planned, having taken account of advice from Government last year. This means that an increase of £12 per year for a band D property had already been factored into financial plans for the force. This still left the force facing a requirement to make substantial savings over the next five years if it was to maintain officer numbers around the current levels.

To read the full explanation and to respond to the survey go to the Humberside Police website

Have your say on the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

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Deadline 24th January

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) [Lords] Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament?

If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.

The intention of the Bill is to reform the process for authorising arrangements which enable people who lack capacity to consent to be deprived of their liberty (for the purpose of providing them with care or treatment).

The new regime created by the Bill would replace the existing authorisation process, known as Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), which were introduced in 2009. Those arrangements have attracted significant criticism for being too complex and bureaucratic. Key court judgments have also widened the interpretation of those who should be recognised as having been deprived of their liberty, with significant implications for local authorities and others involved in administering the DoLS scheme.

For more information go to the Parliament website

Communities to have greater say in protecting local trees

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Deadline 28th February

Environment Secretary Michael Gove hasannounced plans to create greater protections for trees in urban areas.

The proposals would ensure councils can’t cut down street trees without first consulting communities.

The measures reflect the important role trees in towns and cities play in improving our health and wellbeing, as well as providing crucial environmental benefits.

Launching a consultation on a raft of new forestry measures, the Secretary of State unveiled proposals designed to ensure local people have a bigger say over what happens to the trees in their communities.

The proposals include:

  • making sure communities have their say on whether street trees should be felled with requirements for councils to consult local residents
  • responsibilities on councils to report on tree felling and replanting to make sure we can safeguard our environment for future generations
  • giving the Forestry Commission more powers to tackle illegal tree felling and strengthen protection of wooded landscapes

For more information go to the Government website



Plastic carrier bags: new measures to extend charge

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Deadline 22nd February

The 5p plastic bag charge will be extended to all retailers and increased to 10p to cut their use further, under plans put forward in a consultation. Currently, the 5p charge applies only to big businesses, but it is estimated over 3.6 billion single-use plastic bags are supplied annually by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Trade bodies representing around 40,000 small retailers have already launched a voluntarily approach to a 5p charge, but this accounts for less than one-fifth of England’s estimated 253,000 SMEs.

The consultation launched today will also explore the possibility of increasing the 5p minimum charge to encourage further behaviour change, potentially doubling it to 10p.

For more information go to the Government website

Public consultation on unwanted fire signals

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Deadline 15th January

Humberside Fire and rescue are currently consulting with members of the community around non-attendance at businesses when there is an automatic fire alarm activation and no confirmed fire.

Humberside Fire & Rescue Service receives on average over 1400 false alarm calls every year from businesses and organisations that are an unnecessary drain on emergency service resources.

Attending false alarms increases the blue light road risk to the public and their crews and reduces their ability to provide prevention and protection services to the community, train and practice for emergencies and attend genuine 999 calls.

For example, the time lost by the Service for attending these false alarms is on average 523 hours per year.

To take part in the survey go to their website