CLG: A new planning policy setting out a comprehensive approach for planning for sustainable economic growth in all parts of the country has been published for consultation (closes on 28 July 2009). The proposed Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Prosperous Economies streamlines existing guidance to create a coherent & modern planning framework which will hopefully enable communities to meet the economic challenges they are facing now & in the long-term.
The new PPS takes forward the Government's commitment in the Planning White Paper 2007 to streamline planning guidance. It replaces the existing PPS4, Planning for Sustainable Economic Development, PPG5, Simplified Planning Zones, PPS6, Planning for Town Centres, and the economic development elements of PPS7, Sustainable Development in Rural Areas.
Press release ~ Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Prosperous Economies consultation ~ Planning White Paper 2007
WAG: In a bid to improve people’s health & combat obesity, the Welsh Assembly Government is challenging everyone to lead more active lives, because regular physical activity is proven to improve people’s health & wellbeing.
As part of the challenge, the WAG has worked with key stakeholders & partners to develop an action plan and is inviting the people of Wales to give their views (by 31 July 2009) ) on the priorities for the next five years. The action plan focuses on four strategic aims, to:
* develop a physical environment that makes it easier for people to choose to be more physically active
* support children & young people to live active lives and become active adults
* encourage more adults to be more active, more often throughout life
* increase participation in sport, by all sectors of the population
Press release ~ Climbing Higher - creating an active Wales ~ WAG – Health and social care ~ Mind, Exercise, Nutrition... Do It! or MEND for short ~ NICE guidelines on overweight and obesity ~ Healthy and Active Lifestyles in Wales ~ WAG – Sport and recreation ~ WAG – Health improvement ~
A healthy future for Wales ~ Sports Council for Wales ~ Wales Active
PADA: The Personal Accounts Delivery Authority (PADA) has launched its discussion paper on investment: Building Personal Accounts: Designing an investment approach. The purpose of this paper is to draw upon good practice & expertise from across the pension & investment industries, and relevant stakeholders, on the most appropriate investment approach for the personal accounts scheme.
Responses will inform PADA's recommendations to the trustee corporation regarding the design of the scheme. The personal accounts scheme will be run by a not-for-profit trustee corporation, solely in members' interests. One of the key questions considered is how to meet future members' needs at low cost.
Interested parties will be able to respond to the document until 7 August 2009. All comments will be summarised & published along with a response to the discussion paper (within 3 months of the deadline).
NA: The Government is asking people for their views on its proposal for a new policy on archives. The consultation (closes 12 August 2009) document - Archives for the 21st century - seeks to ‘build the foundations for a sustainable future for archival services, responding to the challenges of the digital age and the opportunities to make archives accessible to a wider range of people’.
Comments on the policy proposals are welcomed from all parties interested in archives, including local authorities, universities, individual information professionals, archival organisations and the general public.
HO: New proposals to ‘reassure the public’ that the right people are kept on the DNA database have been outlined by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith in a public consultation (closes on 7 August 2009)- 'Keeping the right people on the DNA database' – See ‘In the News’ section for more information.
ECGD: The Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD), the UK's official export credit agency, has launched a public consultation (closes on 3 July 2009) on a proposal to offer a scheme to confirm letters of credit for British exports – See ‘Business and other Briefings’ section for further information.