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:

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/strategic-planning-and-governance-in-the-cambridge-milton-keynes-oxford-corridor

CONSULTATION ON THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DISCRETIONARY BUSINESS RATES RELIEF SCHEME

At the Budget on 8 March, the Chancellor announced that the Government would make available a discretionary fund of £300 million to support those businesses most affected by the revaluation. The consultation ends on 7 April.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/discretionary-business-rates-relief-scheme

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/590463/

Fixing_our_broken_housing_market_-_accessible_version.pdf

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-and-affordable-housing-for-build-to-rent

BUILDING OUR INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

The Green Paper sets out the Government's approach to building an industrial strategy that addresses long-term challenges to the UK economy, and some early actions it has committed to take. 

The Government wants to hear from every part of the country, every sector of industry and businesses of every size – and from the people who work in them and use them.  The consultation closes on 17 April.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/building-our-industrial-strategy

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/defined-benefit-pension-schemes-security-and-sustainability