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Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004

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Deadline 19th October

Trans people are able to receive legal recognition of their acquired gender through a process set out in the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) 2004. Since the GRA came into force, only 4,910 people have legally changed their gender. This is fewer than the number of trans respondents to the government’s LGBT survey, who were clear that they wanted legal recognition but had not applied because they found the current process too bureaucratic, expensive and intrusive. The government therefore seeks your views on how to reform the legal recognition process.

The consultation focuses on the Gender Recognition Act 2004. They are not proposing any amendments to the Equality Act 2010.

This consultation does not consider the question of whether trans people exist, whether they have the right to legally change their gender, or whether it is right for a person of any age to identify with another gender, or with no gender. Trans and non-binary people are members of our society and should be treated with respect. Trans people already have the right to legally change their gender, and there is no suggestion of this right being removed. This consultation simply asks how best government might make the existing process under the Gender Recognition Act a better service for those trans and non-binary people who wish to use it.

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

NHS Evidence-Based Interventions programme

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Deadline 28th September

Research evidence shows some interventions are not clinically effective or only effective when they are performed in specific circumstances. And as medical science advances, some interventions are superseded by those that are less invasive or more effective.

At both national and local levels, there is a general consensus that more needs to be done to ensure the least effective interventions are not routinely performed, or only performed in more clearly defined circumstances.

The proposals aim to reduce avoidable harm to patients, save precious professional time, help clinicians maintain their professional practice in line with the changing evidence base, create headroom for innovation and maximise value and avoid waste for patients and taxpayers.

The NHS are publicly consulting on the design principles of the programme, the interventions they should target initially and proposed clinical criteria, the activity goals they should set and delivery actions, including proposed new terms in the NHS Standard Contract.

For more information go to NHS England

Bus Services Act 2017: bus open data

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Deadline 16th September

The Department for Transport is seeking views on ways to improve information for bus passengers through the Bus Services Act 2017 and open data legislation.

Their proposed approach would require operators and local authorities to publish open data digitally for buses in England (outside London). They want to make it easier for bus passengers to plan their journeys through access to routes and timetables data, fares and tickets data, and real time information.

This ‘Bus open data: case for change’ document sets out the case for bus open data.

For more information go to the Government website

Bus Services Act 2017: accessible information

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Deadline 16th September

The Department for Transport is seeking views on ways to improve information for bus passengers through the Bus Services Act 2017 and accessible information regulations.

The Department want to introduce regulations that require bus operators to provide audible and visible information on local bus services to help people identify:

  • the route and direction of services
  • each upcoming stop
  • points at which diversions start or end

They intend to specify when this information must be made available and to what standard, leaving it up to operators to select equipment or process that works for them. They propose an approach which recognises the risks to smaller operators, marginal services and community transport.

For more information go to the Government website

Impact of social media on young people’s mental health and wellbeing: call for evidence

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Deadline 13th August

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing has launched an enquiry into managing the impact of social media on young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

The APPG invites all stakeholders including children and young people, professionals and voluntary sector workers who work directly with young people, and representatives from social media companies and from the digital technology industry to submit evidence.

For more information and to submit evidence go to the Royal Society for Public Health’s website

Call for evidence on approach to Loneliness Strategy

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Deadline 20th July

The Government’s Loneliness Strategy will be its first step in tackling the long-term challenge of loneliness. Loneliness is a complex issue that affects many different groups of people, and its evidence base is still developing.

Their approach is to focus the Strategy where they have the clearest opportunity for government action and further learning. Alongside this they will also be working with partners to explore how to improve the evidence base, to inform future government policy.

Loneliness can be defined as a subjective, unwelcome feeling of lack or loss of companionship. It happens when we have a mismatch between the quantity and quality of social relationships that we have, and those that we want.

The current evidence base tends to measure loneliness in terms of frequency, and it shows that people who feel lonely most or all of the time are more likely to suffer ill health and to generate significant costs for society

In general, an approach that prevents harm or takes action early on is more effective than one that acts once people have suffered harm. Specifically on loneliness, people who feel lonely more often can become more sensitive to perceived threats and withdraw further, creating a vicious cycle. So we are interested in approaches that reduce the risk, prevent loneliness or that intervene early, before loneliness becomes entrenched.

Based on this, Government have decided that the Strategy should focus on what government can do to reduce the risk of people feeling lonely most or all of the time.

For more information go to the Government website

Government proposes raising society lottery limit to £100m 

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Deadline 7th September

The consultation will recommend raising the maximum amount society lotteries can raise for good causes from £10 million to £100 million per year

  • Consultation will recommend raising maximum draw prize
  • Large society lotteries sales limits were last raised in 2009

The Government recommends increasing the maximum draw prize from its current limit of £400,000 to £500,000. The consultation will also ask for views on increasing the number of tickets society lotteries can sell to a value of £100 million per year and the amount they can raise per draw to £5 million.

The move would allow charities and community groups to increase fundraising methods through society lotteries, while protecting the National Lottery’s ability to raise money for good causes.

For more information go to the Government website

Overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector

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Deadline 26th August

The government is committed to increasing security for tenants in the private rented sector while balancing landlords’ needs to regain their properties when their circumstances change.

This consultation invites view and comments on the benefits and barriers of landlords offering longer tenancies. We are also seeking views on our proposed model for a 3 year tenancy with a 6 month break clause, and the options for implementing this. The model is designed to give tenants certainty over rents, and retains the flexibility that many desire.

For more information go to the Government website

Heritage Lottery Fund Policy Directions consultation

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Deadline 29th July

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage. As a Lottery distributor and public body it is answerable to Parliament for its work, and must take into account Policy Directions issued by Ministers when making its funding decisions. These Policy Directions are being revised following a recommendation in the Tailored Review of the HLF carried out in 2017.

This consultation seeks views on whether the revised Policy Directions adequately cover what HLF should take into account when allocating grants, and whether there is anything that HLF does that is not included.

For more information and to respond go to the Government website

 

 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (update): Draft guidance consultation

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Deadline 23rd July

This guideline from NICE covers recognising, assessing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children, young people and adults.

It aims to improve quality of life by reducing symptoms of PTSD such as anxiety, sleep problems and difficulties with concentration.

Recommendations also aim to raise awareness of the condition and improve co-ordination of care.

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Other professionals who work with people at risk of or who have PTSD, including in criminal justice and education services and non-government organisations
  • Commissioners and providers with responsibility for planning services for people with PTSD and their families and carers, including directors of public health, NHS trust managers and managers in clinical commissioning groups
  • People at risk of or who have PTSD (including complex PTSD), their families and carers, and the public

For more information go to the NICE website