Call for evidence on the review of the Shortage occupation list 2018

The Shortage occupation list (SOL) is a list of occupations issued by the Government, which cannot be filled by the domestic labour market. Employers who want to recruit a worker from outside the European Economic Area for a vacancy listed in the SOL may issue a Tier 2 certificate of sponsorship (CoS) without the need…

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Planning reform

In the context of the reform to simplify and speed up the planning system to deliver more homes, the Government is consulting on 4 separate proposals: 1. new and amended permitted development rights and changes to use classes. Between other proposals, the draft includes measures to allow greater flexibility for change of use and use…

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Libraries and Archives Engagement with Planning Departments

The National Archives and Arts Council England are working collaboratively to support library and archive services to explore ways in which they can influence local planning decisions (specifically Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy). As part of this work they have commissioned Mairead O’Rourke (Culture Runner) to undertake research into current engagement of libraries and…

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Compulsory community pre-application consultation for shale gas development

Written Ministerial Statements on energy and planning policy made on 17 May 2018 announced a range of facilitating measures for shale gas development, but also committed to strengthen community engagement. Therefore the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is now consulting on whether applicants should be required to conduct a pre-application consultation with the local community…

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Changes to Planning Policy and Guidance Including the Standard Method for Assessing Local Housing Need

This technical consultation seeks views on changes to planning practice guidance and policy clarifications, in relation to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in England. The 2018 NPPF stated that strategic policies should be informed by a local housing need assessment conducted using the standard method, set out in planning practice guidance. The 2018 Office of National…

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Call for evidence invites views from the public on the future of our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Half of the British population lives within half an hour of a National Park or AONB. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs launches a call for evidence to explore how access can be improved and communities better supported. As Environment Secretary Michael Gove stated: “We want to ensure the people who live, work in and…

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Energy Performance Certificates in buildings: call for evidence

Government is seeking evidence on how Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) currently perform against 3 attributes: quality availability encouraging action to improve energy efficiency It also saves outline suggestions for improvement, many of which have been advocated by businesses and industry representatives. The list of suggestions is not exhaustive, and inclusion or exclusion should not be…

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Budget 2018 – Call for Representations

HM Treasury has asked for representations on the forthcoming Budget to be submitted by the 28th September. A Budget representation is a written representation from an interest group, individual or representative body to HM Treasury with the aim of commenting on Government policy and suggesting new policy ideas for inclusion in the next Budget. Representation…

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Collections 2030, Have your say

The Museums Association (MA) has launched Collections 2030, a major new research project that seeks to understand the current state of museum collections in the UK. The MA has published a discussion paper and a series of research questions and is looking for responses from across the sector. This consultation ends 23rd November and can…

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‘Code of Fundraising Practice 2.0’

The Fundraising Regulator has released a new draft of the Code of Fundraising; this is the first time the code has been reviewed since 2005 and hopes to make it clearer and more accessible. The Regulator has now opened a consultation period which can be accessed online here. The deadline for responses is 16th November.

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