Consultations

ONS: Jil Matheson, the National Statistician, has opened a public consultation inviting views on a range of options for the way the Retail Prices Index (RPI) is calculated.  The consultation closes on 30 November 2012.
Press release & links
 
EU News:  Citizens, businesses & other stakeholders are being asked for their opinion on certain reduced VAT rates, in a public consultation launched by the Commission last week. They are also asked to consider what a change in EU rules in this area might imply.  

The consultation is part of the wider work being done to fundamentally reform the EU VAT system, in order to make it simpler, more efficient and more robust. Consultation closes on 3 January 2013.
Press release & links
 
WAG: A consultation has been launched into a new scheme which aims to support looked-after children as they move into adulthood and independent living

The proposed scheme – ‘When I Am Ready’ - will offer eligible children the opportunity to stay with their foster carers beyond the age of 18.  This recognises that not all young adults are ready to move to living on their own, especially if they are vulnerable or have complex health, learning or other needs. Consultation closes on 4 January 2013.
Press release ~ 'When I am ready' - Planning transition to adulthood for care leavers
 
DECCNational Grid Electricity Transmission (National Grid) has launched a call for evidence to inform the first Electricity Market Reform (EMR) delivery plan. It will inform the analysis that the System Operator (National Grid) will provide to Government in 2013 to inform the first electricity market reform (EMR) delivery plan. The call for evidence will close on Monday 3 December 2012.
Press release & links
 
IPCC: The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched a consultation into the way that deaths following police contact are investigated.  This is the first stage of a wide-ranging review into the way that the IPCC deals with such cases and the powers and resources it needs to do so.
 
The review will look at all kinds of deaths following police contact, including deaths in police custody, road traffic fatalities, fatal shootings, apparent suicides and other deaths following police contact. It will focus on cases which raise issues under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the state’s duty to protect life. The consultation closes on the 11 January 2013.
Press release ~ Consultation
 
OFT: The Office of Fair Trading has announced a supplementary consultation for its leniency review on a further policy option of not requiring legal professional privilege (LPP) waivers as a condition of leniency in cartel cases, even if there is a related criminal cartel investigation

It also proposes the use of independent counsel to advise the OFT on the merits of LPP claims made by a leniency applicant in some situations. Consultation closes on 14 November 2012.
Press release & links
 
CO: The Cabinet Office has published an ‘issues and questions’ paper as part of the Triennial Review of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. It is being led by an independent external reviewer, Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government.
 
Peter Riddell is keen to consult widely as part of the review and for all those with an interest in the work of the Committee to have a chance to comment on the issues & questions outlined in the paper. Responses do not need to address all of the questions.
Press release & links
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