DCMS: On1 February 2008, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will be launching the first ever national survey of amateur arts groups in England.  Groups of voluntary & amateur participants from all artistic walks of life - from music, dance and crafts, to theatre, visual arts and literature - are being encouraged to complete a short online questionnaire before 29th February.
Press release ~ Voluntary and Amateur Arts Survey 2008 ~ Arts Council England
MPA: The Metropolitan Police Authority wants to hear directly from young Londoners about their experiences of policing.  The results of the MPA Youth Survey will help the Authority to make recommendations that will improve the service the Met provides to young people.
The MPA hopes, through listening to London's young people, to:
* identify ways to reduce young people's involvement in crime as victims, witnesses & perpetrators
* improve the confidence of young people to report crime & engage with the police as witnesses
* halt the decline in age of young victims and perpetrators of crime
Press release ~ MPA Youth Survey
DfT: Proposals to increase the reach of the Disabled Parking (Blue Badge) scheme to more people who need it and make it easier to take action against those who steal, forge or fraudulently use a Blue Badge have been put out for consultation (closes on 17 April 2008)by Transport Minister Rosie Winterton. The consultation contains proposals to ensure that parking close to essential amenities & services continues to be available to those that need it most.
In May 2007 an independent consultant, Rob Smith, was commissioned to conduct a review of the Blue Badge Scheme.  He did this through a mixture of desk based research & stakeholder interviews and the final report has now been published.
Press release ~ DPTACs response ~ Consultation documents ~ Independent review of the Blue Badge Scheme ~ DfT Blue Badge web page ~ Directgov Blue Badge web page ~ Blue Badge Network ~ DfT - Measures to tackle abuse of the Blue Badge Scheme ~ Find a Blue Badge Parking Bay
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