Consultations

BIS: Business Minister Michael Fallon has launched 2 consultations to re-shape the way regulators work with business, so that upholding standards does not act as a barrier to growth and enterprise.  Businesses & regulators are invited to contribute to the development of a proposed ‘growth duty’ for regulators - which will require regulators to ‘take into account the impact of their activities on the economic prospects of firms they regulate’. Consultation closes on 19 April 2013.
 
A parallel consultation will seek views on an updated Regulators’ Code - which removes uncertainty for businesses by clarifying what they can expect from those that regulate them, including accessible advice & methods of enforcement that are tailored to meet the needs of the business. Consultation closes on 3 May 2013.
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MoJPlans to improve public confidence in the legal aid system, tackle towering bills and make the system more efficient have been put out to consultation by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.   The Transforming Legal Aid consultation comes at the same time as the Justice Secretary signalled his intent to ‘explore ways of making convicted criminals pay for more of their criminal justice costs, which could include paying back their court costs & legal aid’.

The consultation puts forward proposals to make the criminal legal aid system operate more efficiently and save £220m from legal aid bills in 2018/19.  The consultation closes on 4 June 2013.
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WAG: New plans aimed at increasing the numbers of bees & other pollinators in Wales were launched last week by Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies.   The Welsh Government’s draft Action Plan for Pollinators for Wales is partly in response to a 2011 assessment which showed that bee and other pollinator populations have been in steady decline across the UK for the last 30 years.
 
As 20% of the UK cropped area is made up of pollinator dependent crops and a wide selection of flowering plants in Wales rely on insect pollination for reproduction, the decline in pollinators poses a real threat to Wales’ wildlife and could impact on food production capacity.  The consultation closes on 4 June 2013.
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ScotGov: More proposals for tackling the scourge of metal theft in Scotland have been published by the Scottish Government. The consultation seeks views on introducing a tougher licensing regime and banning cash payments for metal. Consultation closes on 3 July 2013.
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FRCEFRAG and the national standard-setters of France, Germany, Italy & the United Kingdom have agreed to work in partnership to promote discussion and to ensure that European views are influential in the debate on the IFRS Conceptual Framework.   

The first 3 Bulletins resulting from this partnership have been published, covering the topics of; Prudence, Reliability of financial information and Uncertainty. Comments are invited by 5 July 2013.
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Preventing Unwanted Sensitive Data Acquisition on Government Networks