Consultations

ScotGov: A consultation designed to give local communities more say on sexual entertainment venues in their area has been launched by the Scottish Government

As well as allowing people to have more control on the number & location of venues such as lap dancing clubs through local licensing arrangements, the consultation aims to ensure the safety & protection of customers, staff and performers. The consultation closes on 24 September 2013.
Press release & links
 
DfT: A consultation has been launched on a new version of air navigation guidance for the Civil Aviation Authority. The responses received to this consultation will be used to help refine the guidance which is expected to be presented to the Civil Aviation Authority by the end of this year. The consultation closes on 17 September 2013.
Press release & links
 
EU News: The European Medicines Agency has released a draft policy on the publication & access to clinical-trial data for consultation. Stakeholders have until 30 September 2013 to send their comments on the draft policy to the Agency.
Press release & links
 
EA: The Environment Agency is asking for people’s views on what they think the main issues are that affect the South West’s water environment and what should be done to improve and protect it. The ‘Challenges & Choices’ consultation closes on 22 December 2013.
Press release & links
 
ScotGovProposed changes to Scotland’s planning system will put a great emphasis on economic benefits, including creating new jobs, Planning Minister Derek Mackay told key members of Scotland’s business community last week. The consultation is on-going until 23 July 2013.
Press release & links
 
FSA: The Food Standards Agency has launched a consultation to seek the views of stakeholders on proposed changes to the Food Law Code of Practice.  The consultation closes on 17 September 2013 .
Press release ~ Consultation
 
DfE: The Department for Education have issued details of the consultation events being run by the DfE during summer 2013 on reforming regulations for children's homes & care planning

They are conducting 2 consultations on proposals to strengthen safeguards for children in care, particularly where they are placed in distant, out-of-authority placements and will be holding public events between 9 July & 12 September 2013 in London, Coventry and Manchester to discuss the department’s current consultations on reforming children’s homes care and improving safeguarding for looked-after children.
 
Each event will have 2 sessions:
Session 1: ‘Reforming children’s homes care’ will look at the children’s homes regulations
Session 2: ‘Improving safeguarding for looked-after children’ will consider the care planning regulations
Press release & links ~ Consultation
 
ScotGov: A consultation on proposals to merge the Scottish Tribunals Service (STS) with the Scottish Court Service (SCS) has been published. The joint administration would be independent of Ministers and would provide support for both courts & tribunals led by a corporate body, chaired by the Lord President. The consultation closes on the 19 September 2013.
Press release & links
 
LCHate Crime: The Case for Extending the Existing Offences - This project came to the Law Commission by a reference from the Ministry of Justice, following the Government’s publication of its 3-year hate crime action plan in 2012. 
 
The consultation paper is supported by a number of appendices which contain material on ECHR issues arising, the history to the existing legislative provisions and an assessment of the impact of the LC’s provisional proposals for reform.  The consultation closes on 27 September 2013.
Press release & links
 
SC: The Sentencing Council has announced new proposals for how people convicted of fraud, money laundering & bribery should be sentenced.   As well as providing courts with a consistent set of guidelines, they also aim to take into account more fully the impact on victims of financial crimes.  
 
Research commissioned by the Sentencing Council revealed that these crimes can mean far more than just financial loss - even losing quite a small sum can have a big impact on some victims.  Individuals may suffer emotionally & psychologically, losing confidence in their ability to manage their financial affairs, as well as finding themselves in financial difficulties and having their credit rating damaged.   The consultation closes on 4 October 2013.
Press release & links
 
Additional Consultations: Readers should be aware that many consultations are never publicised with a press release, so do not appear in either the email alerts or Wired - GOV Plus. Many of these consultations can be found at the following links:
GOV.UK consultations ~ Current ScotGov consultations ~ Recently added WAG consultations
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