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:

The Future of East Midlands Trains - open until October 11th 2017

This consultation will affect any of us who use the trains in our region either regularly or occasionally.  Do please take part.  The documents can be found here and the consultation pages here with details of how to respond and opportunities for public meetings.

Updating consumer protection in the package travel sector

A consultation on changes to the UK’s Package Travel Regulations to provide clearer and more comprehensive protection for holidaymakers. This consultation is open until 25 September and you can respond here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/updating-consumer-protection-in-the-package-travel-sector

National LGBT survey

The Government has launched a survey to understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people living in the UK. The survey closes on 15 October and you can complete it here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-lgbt-survey

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

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