I am keen that constituents and members of local groups and societies are made aware of the current government consultations that are taking place so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to contribute to them.

Consultations (also known as Green Papers) are produced by government and enable people both inside and outside Parliament to give their feedback on policy or legislative proposals. It is one of the most important activities government can undertake - by consulting effectively it improves the development of government policies.

I urge you to look at the following page on the gov.uk website which lists all the open consultations: http://tinyurl.com/z5zxfon

Below is more detailed information on some of the latest consultations:

1. Offensive and dangerous weapons

Stopping serious violence is a priority for the government and the need for new primary legislation to respond to public concerns, and provide the police with the powers they need, has been identified. The consultation paper seeks views on the legislative proposals on offensive and dangerous weapons.  The consultation closes on 9 December.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/offensive-and-dangerous-weapons-new-legislation

2. Consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures

This consultation covers proposals relating to: maximum stakes and prizes for all categories of gaming machines permitted under the Gambling Act 2005; allocations of gaming machines permitted in all licensed premises; and social responsibility measures for the industry as a whole to minimise the risk of gambling-related harm, including on gambling advertising, online gambling, gaming machines and research, education and treatment. Responses are required by 23 January 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/655969/Consultation_on_proposals_for_changes_to_Gaming_Machines_and_Social_Responsibility_Measures.pdf

3. Improving the home buying and selling process

The Government is committed to improving the existing home buying and selling process in order to make it cheaper, faster and less stressful and is seeking views and suggestions for improvement from anyone who has an interest in the process.  You can respond here before 17 December:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/653789/Home_buying_and_selling.pdf

Protecting consumers in the letting and managing agent market

This consultation seeks views on whether a new regulatory model is needed for agents in the leasehold sector.  It ends on 29 November and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/653170/Property_agents_call_for_evidence.pdf

4. Planning for the right homes in the right places

A consultation on further measures set out in the housing white paper to boost housing supply in England.  It sets out a number of proposals to reform the planning system to increase the supply of new homes and increase local authority capacity to manage growth.

This consultation closes 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-right-homes-in-the-right-places-consultation-proposals

5. Making Tax Digital reforms affecting businesses

The government is legislating in the Finance (No.2) Bill 2017 for the Making Tax Digital reforms on income tax and VAT affecting businesses.  The deadline for all responses and comments is 10 November and you can find more details here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/making-tax-digital-reforms-affecting-businesses

6. Funding for supported housing

The government has launched two consultations, one on housing costs for sheltered and extra care accommodation, and one on housing costs for short-term supported accommodation.  Both seek the views on the design of the government’s new supported housing funding models. The consultation closes on 23 January 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/656027/Funding_supported_housing_-_policy_statement_and_consultation.pdf

7. Drinks containers – reducing litter and increasing recycling

The government is seeking views and evidence on ways to reduce littering and improve recycling and reuse of drinks containers. It ends on 20 November and you can respond here:

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/call-for-evidence-drinks-containers/