Consultations

EU News:  There is rising concern about increasing illegal trade in high cultural properties such as paintings, sculptures, religious property and archaeological pieces.  The territory of the European Union, with an internal market without borders and a great cultural and historical heritage, is particularly affected. 

Therefore, the European Commission launched a public consultation (closes on 5 March 2012) on ways to improve the safe-keeping of cultural goods and the return (between Member States) of national treasures unlawfully removed from their territory.  The consultation will provide an insight into the views of public authorities, citizens and other stakeholders on the most effective way to facilitate such return.

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WAG:  The Welsh Government is inviting local authorities (and other interested bodies) to respond to a consultation (closes on 5 March 2012) on revising the Supporting the Economy chapter of Planning Policy .  This document contains land use planning policy for .  It provides the policy framework for the effective preparation of local planning authorities’ development plans.

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NA:  Tell us what you think of the archival search tools and directories by the National Archives available online by taking a short online survey.  The questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes to complete depending on your responses and closes on Monday 12 December at 17:00, so take the online survey now.

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DH:  A consultation (closes on 9 March 2012) into relaxing the restrictions placed on the work that can be undertaken by HIV positive healthcare workers was launched last week by Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, following a review by a group of leading experts. 

The annual risk to the general population of being struck & killed by lightning (about 1 in 10 million) is of the same order of magnitude of risk as a patient being infected with HIV from an infected healthcare worker during the most invasive type of exposure prone procedure.

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DWP:  Disabled people and their organisations are being invited to help shape future policy and develop a new cohesive cross-government disability strategy.  This will be a key part of the Government’s commitment to breaking down the barriers to social mobility and equal opportunities faced by disabled people in Britain.

A new discussion document - Fulfilling Potential - outlines 3 main areas for discussion: realising aspirations, increasing individual control and changing attitudes & behaviours. It seeks practical ways of making a real difference to disabled people’s lives.  Send your response by 5pm, 9 March 2012.

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