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:
REVIEW OF PARK HOMES LEGISLATION
The Mobile Homes Act 2013 made significant changes to the law on park homes and the Government gave a commitment to review this in 2017. This review, which calls for evidence about practices in the sector and the effectiveness of legislation, is in 2 parts. Part 1 of the review is open now and calls for evidence on the fairness of charges, the transparency of site ownership and on experience of harassment. The review closes on 27 May and you can respond here:
BANNING LETTING AGENT FEES PAID BY TENANTS
The Government is consulting on introducing a ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants, to improve competition in the private rental market and give renters greater clarity and control over what they will pay. The consultation paper invites views and comments on how the ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants in England should be implemented and enforced. The consultation closes on 2 June and can be found here:
REDUCING LITTER: PENALTIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL OFFENCES
The Government wants people's views about whether to increase on-the-spot fines for littering, graffiti and fly-posting in England. It is also proposing new fines for the owners of vehicles from which litter has been thrown. You can respond to the consultation before 18 June here:
AVAILABILITY OF GLUTEN-FREE FOODS ON NHS PRESCRIPTION
The consultation proposes options for restricting the availability of gluten-free products on NHS prescription. It ends on 22 June and can be found here:
STRATEGIC PLANNING AND GOVERNANCE IN THE CAMBRIDGE-MILTON KEYNES-OXFORD CORRIDOR
This paper has been prepared to help progress debate on how local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and central government can work to develop and deliver an integrated strategic plan for infrastructure, housing and jobs for the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor. The consultation closes on 31 May and you can respond here:
HOUSING WHITE PAPER - FIXING OUR BROKEN HOUSING MARKET
The White Paper sets out an ambitious plan to build the homes Britain needs so that the housing market works for all. It covers the whole of the house building process - from finding sites, to getting planning permission and then actually building homes. The Government will take action so that it is easier and quicker to get homes built in the places that they are needed most.
The consultation ends on 2 May and details can be found here:
PLANNING AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR BUILD TO RENT
This consultation seeks views on planning measures to support an increase in Build to Rent schemes across England. It ends on 1 May.
DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION SCHEMES
The Green Paper will consider the powers of The Pensions Regulator and will explore ways of striking the right balance between the needs of scheme members, sponsoring employers, the Pension Protection Fund, and the wider economy. The consultation ends on 14 May.