Planning for the right homes in the right places

DCLG is consulting on a number of proposals to reform the planning system to increase the supply of new homes and increase local authority capacity to manage growth. Proposals include: a standard method for calculating local authorities’ housing need how neighbourhood planning groups can have greater certainty on the level of housing need to plan for…

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Consultation on new homes bonus

The Government is consulting on the local Government finance settlement 2018 to 2019.  This closes at 11:45pm on 26 October 2017. The consultation looks at the design of the new homes bonus for councils and considers an alternative approach. Instead of linking a reduction in the Bonus to the number of homes granted on appeal or tracking…

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Draft transport accessibility action plan

The Department for Transport is seeking feedback on a draft accessibility action plan which sets out proposals to improve the travel experience for people with disabilities, and seeks views and ideas about what additional steps could create a system which enables people with disabilities to independently use the transport network. This is especially important for the heritage…

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Annual return for 2018 – information collected from charities

The Charity Commission is consulting on the information to be collected in registered charities’ annual returns from 2018. This consultation closes at 5pm on 24 November 2017 This consultation is the second part of a two-year project that is reviewing the key information collected and displayed from charities. The Commission’s intention is to shift to a more dynamic…

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Craftspeople survey, Learning Through Doing

The National Heritage Training Group [Alliance member] is carrying out a research project into the best ways of learning conservation architecture. The project would like to hear the views of craftspeople on the links between conservation, craft and learning. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CraftspeopleSurvey.

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House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee inquiry into post-school education funding,

From April 2017, employers with a pay bill of more than £3 million will pay a levy to fund apprenticeships. The levy is expected to raise almost £3 billion a year. Are you a business or enterprise that employs apprentices? If so, the Committee wants your views on these questions: What are your views on…

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CIF – Visas & Immigration Consultation

CIF is calling for help with its upcoming report on visas and immigration, to be launched in autumn 2017. Please answer their survey to feed into this report. This work will demonstrate to the Home Office what the sector needs. It is important that the needs of the heritage sector are captured. Closes 15th August.

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Lords Citizenship and Civic Engagement Committee seeks views

The Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement has published its Call for evidence. Interested parties and organisations are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee by 8 September 2017. The aim is to identify new ways of building bridges within and between communities, and to support civic engagement.

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Transferring Apprenticeship Levy funds

The Charity Tax Group report that the Education and Skills Funding Agency is investigating a potential feature within the apprenticeship service: A way for levy-paying employers to transfer apprenticeship funds to any other employers. Under the proposal recipients of transferred funds would be able to use the funds to pay for training and assessment. Transferred…

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HS2 Phase 2b: Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds Consultations

Two consultations for the next phase of High Speed Two (HS2), from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds – known as Phase 2b. To prepare for the hybrid Bill, the Government has commissioned consultants to undertake an EIA and prepare an Environmental Statement (ES). The EIA will identify the likely significant environmental…

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