SFC: The Scottish Funding Council has published Learning to Work Two - a consultation paper on employability (closes on 10 August 2009). The SFC will be running 3 consultation events in June to invite some early discussion on the questions raised in the consultation paper:
* Thursday 11 June in Dundee
* Monday 15 June in Glasgow
* Friday 26 June in Edinburgh
Defra: A public consultation (closes on 7 August 2009) on guidance aimed at helping organisations to manage & reduce their greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions has been launched by Defra and DECC. The guidance, published under the requirements of the Climate Change Act 2008, outlines a simple & clear step-by-step process on how an organisation should calculate its own corporate 'carbon footprint’.
This guidance is voluntary but, by 6 April 2012, the government must introduce regulations requiring the mandatory reporting of GHG emissions, or explain why this has not happened. The guidance will be published after the consultation by 1 October 2009
Press release ~ Consultation on draft guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions ~ Climate Change Act 2008 ~ Greenhouse Gas Protocol ~ World Resources Institute ~ World Business Council for Sustainable Development
FSA: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is consulting (closes on 5 September 2009) on additional guidance to ensure that building societies diversifying away from the traditional business model have the risk management systems & skills necessary to operate safely.
Using a combination of existing & new guidance, the FSA expects building societies to re-examine their risk management & business models in the areas of liquidity, wholesale funding & lending to ensure they are aligned.
Societies that demonstrate the necessary risk management systems & skills will have complete flexibility to run their business within the statutory limits set by the Building Societies Act. Those which cannot, the FSA will steer to a simpler business model category and activities they can safely undertake.
Press release ~ CP09/17: A Specialist Sourcebook for Building Societies: Enhanced supervisory guidance on financial and credit risk management
CQC: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has launched a consultation (closes on 24 August 2009) on guidance outlining what health & adult social care services will need to do to meet new legally enforceable registration standards. From April 2010, the regulator will begin to put in place a registration system covering all health & adult social care services in, whether they are public or independent – See ‘In the News’ section for more information.