Consultations

Charity Finance Banking Survey 2019

Charity Finance Banking Survey 2019

Deadline 11th March

The objective of the survey is to uncover the state of play in the charity banking market and to help you benchmark your banking services against those received by other organisations.

In return for your time, they will give you the published research for free and one lucky person will also win a £100 John Lewis gift card.

If you experience any problems completing the survey, please contact the Charity Finance team on 020 7819 1200.

You can take part in the survey here

New covenants to protect nature

New covenants to protect nature

Deadline 22nd March

A consultation on conservation covenants, voluntary agreements to protect nature, has been launched by the government.

The government is seeking views on how best to introduce conservation covenants, fulfilling a commitment made in the 25 Year Environment Plan. They are voluntary but legally-binding agreements which enable landowners to leave a permanent conservation legacy on their land for future generations.

The covenants, already used successfully in other countries, would allow landowners to make a public commitment to take positive actions to preserve and improve treasured features on their land such as trees, woodland or flower-rich meadow. They would be binding on future owners of the land and would be overseen by responsible bodies to ensure land management obligations are delivered.

For more information go to the DEFRA website

Tackling homelessness together 

Tackling homelessness together 

Deadline 16th May 

A consultation on structures that support partnership working and accountability in homelessness services. 

The Government are seeking views on: 

  • the effectiveness of existing non-statutory and statutory local accountability and partnership structures in homelessness services 
  • whether the government should introduce Homelessness Reduction Boards and, if so, how this could be done most effectively 
  • how else they might improve local accountability and partnership working in homelessness services 

To read the consultation in full and to respond go to the Government website 

Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers (bottles and cans)

Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers (bottles and cans)

Deadline 13th May

Government are seeking views on proposals to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

They want to know what you think about proposals to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This would include drinks containers such as:

  • glass bottles
  • plastic bottles
  • cans

The cost of the deposit would be added to the price of the drinks included in the scheme when they are purchased. This deposit would be redeemed when consumers return their empty drinks containers to a designated return point.

If introduced, they anticipate that a deposit return scheme will increase recycling and reduce littering of drinks containers included in the scheme.

For more information and to respond go to DEFRA

Environment Secretary proposes tougher labelling laws for allergy sufferers

Environment Secretary proposes tougher labelling laws for allergy sufferers

Deadline 29th March

The government has launched a consultation to strengthen allergen labelling laws.

Proposals to overhaul allergen labelling laws and give consumers clearer information on the food they buy have been unveiled by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Subject to a consultation launched on 25th January,food outlets selling pre-packaged food directly for sale could be required to follow new rules designed to give the UK’s two million food allergy sufferers greater confidence in the safety of their food.

Under current rules, food prepared on the premise in which it is sold is not required to display allergen information on the package – but the proposed rules could go as far as seeing full ingredients labelling required by law.

You can find more information and take part on the Government website

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