A selection of topics are under consultation at the moment, from central government listed by closing date:

How should DWP involve disabled people in changing how it works?

As part of its independent work programme, the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is conducting research into how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) engage with disabled people in formulating policies and processes which affect them.

We are seeking evidence to underpin our research. We would therefore welcome input from a broad range of organisations and individuals who have relevant insight or evidence to share with us.

You can find the consultation documents, in both Easy Read and standard version, on the Gov.uk website.

Closes on 23 March

 

Unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers

The number of children in care aged 16 or 17 placed in unregulated settings has increased from 2,900 in 2009 to 6,100 in 2019. We want to ensure these placements are good quality.

Proposals include:

  • banning using this provision for under 16s
  • introducing national quality standards
  • ensuring independent reviewing officers represent young people’s interests
  • requiring local authorities and police forces to cooperate with each other
  • new legal powers for Ofsted to take action against illegal providers

Closes 8 April

 

Consultation on expanding the dormant assets scheme

The government has launched a consultation in order to gather views on its proposals to expand the dormant assets scheme to include new financial assets.

The public consultation follows two industry-led reports, which made a series of recommendations on broadening the current scheme beyond bank and building society accounts to include assets from the insurance and pensions, investment and wealth management, and securities sectors.

Having considered industry’s recommendations, the government is now inviting input on the detailed proposals to expand the scheme. We are particularly interested in hearing views from potential participants, consumer groups, regulators, and interested individuals.

**This is important, because these dormant assets are used  ‘towards addressing some of the UK’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.’

Find out more, and have your say on the Gov.uk website.

Closes 16 April

 

Consultation on Improving the Victims’ Code

The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (the Victims’ Code) is a statutory Government document which sets out the minimum level of services that victims of crime should receive from criminal justice agencies and other organisations in England and Wales. It enables victims to receive the information they need about their case, the criminal justice system, and the support services available, so that they can navigate the justice process and make their own informed decisions about what services to access, and what they are entitled to expect.

The Victims’ Code came into effect in 2006, having been required by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004. It built on the support for victims within the Victims’ Charter, which was introduced in 1990 and which set out for the first time the levels of service victims of crime should expect. The Code was updated in 2013 and again in 2015.

This consultation is the next step in improving the experience of victims within the justice system and will pave the way for a Victims’ Law that will guarantee victims their rights. We now want to hear what you have to say about our proposed changes.

Closes on 16 April.