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:

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

SCHOOL NATIONAL FUNDING FORMULA - STAGE 2

The current system for school funding is unfair, opaque and outdated.  Schools facing the same challenges, and for which we have set the same expectations, receive wildly different resources.  The funding system is standing in the way of schools supporting every child to succeed so the fair funding formula aims to end the historical postcode lottery in school funding.

The consultation runs until 22 March and you can respond here:

https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula2/

PROPOSALS TO BAN THE USE OF PLASTIC MICROBEADS

Following work with industry to achieve a voluntary phase-out of microbeads, the Government announced plans to ban them from cosmetic products completely.   It has launched a consultation on proposals to ban the sale and manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products containing harmful microbeads, aiming to change legislation by October 2017. It will also gather evidence on the environmental impacts of microbeads found elsewhere, such as in household and industrial cleaning products, and consider what more can be done in future to tackle other plastics, such as microfibers, that also enter the marine environment.

This action will create a level playing field for industry, tackle inconsistency, provide consumer confidence and stop new products containing tiny pieces of plastic ending up in the marine environment.

You can respond to the consultation by 28 February here:

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/marine/microbead-ban-proposals/

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