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Consultations and Inquiries - published March 2017

Posted on 22 March 2017 (Permalink)

Benefit cap - Select Committee Inquiry

Work and Pensions Committee - submissions by 7th April

The Committee invites submissions addressing questions including: has the benefit cap incentivised behavioural change and secured savings for the Exchequer; how have claimants responded eg in moving house, moving into work - what effect does the lower cap have on incentives; does the cap address high underlying rates of housing benefit and child benefit in a fair way; and what are the consequential cost of the cap on other public spending such as that by local authorities?

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Local authority environmental regulation fees and charges 2017 - consultation

DEFRA - closes 13th April

Views are sought on proposed amendments to the environmental permitting fees and charges schemes, including a general increase of 4.5%. DEFRA wants to particularly hear from council environmental health regulators and operators of regulated facilities and their trade associations.

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Building our Industrial Strategy - Green Paper consultation

DBEIS - closes 17th April

The green paper sets out the Government’s approach to its industrial strategy and some early actions it has committed to take. The strategy contains 10 pillars: investing in science, research and innovation; developing skills; upgrading infrastructure; supporting businesses to start and grow; improving procurement; encouraging trade and inward investment; delivering affordable energy and clean growth; cultivating world-leading sectors; driving growth across the whole country; and creating the right institutions to bring together sectors and places.

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Planning and affordable housing for Build to Rent - part of White Paper consultation

DCLG - closes 1st May

Consultation on changes to planning policy to encourage authorities to plan for Build to Rent schemes, with Affordable Private Rent to substitute for other types of affordable housing.

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Fixing our broken housing market - part of White Paper consultation

DCLG - closes: 2nd May

Consultation on changes to planning legislation in relation to planning for housing, sustainable development and the environment.

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Improving air quality - Select Committee Inquiry

Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health and Transport Select Committees  - closes: 12th May

The inquiry will look at a range of issues including: how effectively government policies take into account the health and environmental impacts of poor air quality; are the revised plans for tackling nitrogen dioxide levels sufficient; do the revised plans set effective and proportionate measures for reducing transport emissions and is there sufficient cross governmental working.

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