Economics, finance, and social protection

Links to the latest government, parliament and local government consultations relating to economics, finance, and social protection.

Consultation on the proposal to make a market investigation reference into the mobile radio network for emergency services

UK government consultation | Competition and Markets Authority

The Airwave network is a secure private mobile radio communications network for organisations involved in public safety in Great Britain. Currently, there is no alternative method for the police, fire and emergency services staff to communicate securely with each other when in the field. The Airwave network was commissioned by the Home Office in 2000 under a Private Finance Initiative framework arrangement that was due to end in December 2019. At this point the network was expected to be shut down and a different secure communications solution using a commercial 4G mobile network was to become operational (referred to as the Emergency Services Network or ESN). This is a consultation on whether to launch a market investigation into the Airwave network.


17:00 BST, 2 September 2021

Stronger Nudge to pensions guidance

UK government consultation | Department for Work and Pensions

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views and evidence on the draft Regulations for delivering a Stronger Nudge to pensions guidance when individuals seek to access, or transfer for the purpose of accessing, their pension flexibilities applying to occupational pension schemes. We wish to establish whether the draft Regulations achieve their intended purpose. We are seeking to understand and welcome views on any impacts and unintended consequences that the draft Regulations might have when implementing these regulations in practice.


23:45 BST, 3 September 2021

Funding for Culture

Scottish Government | Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee

Ahead of next year’s Scottish Government Budget (Budget 2022-23), the Committee wants to hear your views on the continuing impact of COVID-19 on the culture sector, and how it should recover from the pandemic. The Committee wants to hear your immediate budgetary priorities for the sector as temporary COVID funding comes to an end. It also wants to know what lessons can be learned from the crisis, and if there are opportunities to move to a longer-term and more strategic approach to funding.


8 September 2021

Consultation on engagement with business and civil society groups

UK government consultation | Cabinet Office

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on how the Government should engage with business and civil society groups on implementation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) through the Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) and the Civil Society Forum (CSF). Issues covered by the TCA include: trade, energy, air transport, aviation safety, road transport, social security coordination, fisheries, law enforcement and judicial cooperation, and participation in Union Programmes. The consultation includes the following questions: how should the UK Government engage formally on TCA implementation issues through a domestic advisory group?; if a selection had to be made, what further criteria, additional to those set out in Article 14 of the TCA, could be prioritised to decide the members of the UK delegation to the Civil Society Forum?; and what role should the UK Government play in supporting interactions between UK and EU stakeholders on TCA implementation?


23:45 BST, 14 September 2021

The philosophy and culture of aid

UK Parliament inquiry | International Development Committee, House of Commons

The International Development Committee has launched the second sub-inquiry under its umbrella inquiry into the philosophy and culture of aid. In this sub-inquiry the Committee intends to explore the big, philosophical questions around the purpose and effectiveness of international aid. It is seeking evidence that answers some or all of these important questions and helps to shape conversations on the Government’s international development strategy.


17 September 2021

Aligning the fees for grants of probate to cost recovery

UK government consultation | Ministry of Justice

This consultation proposes to align the fees for professional and non-professional applicants of probate into a single fee of £273. This fee reflects the costs to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) of providing the service and would not generate a profit for the government. The objectives of this proposal are: to remove the unjustified discrepancy between professional and non-professional applicants for probate; to ensure that the fee recovers the cost to HMCTS of delivering the service; and to protect access to justice by ensuring that courts and tribunals are adequately resourced, while reducing the overall taxpayer subsidy for HMCTS.


23:59 BST, 23 September 2021

National Resilience Strategy: Call for Evidence

UK government consultation | Cabinet Office

This Call for Evidence seeks public views to inform the development of a new National Resilience Strategy that will outline an ambitious new vision for our national resilience. It seeks to understand current perceptions of risk and resilience, gather evidence on where improvements could be made, and gauge the UK’s appetite for change. Views are welcome from anyone with an interest in the subject.


23:59 BST, 27 September 2021

Fair school funding for all: completing our reforms to the National Funding Formula

UK government consultation | Department for Education The Department for Education are seeking views on: the approach to completing their reforms to the National Funding Formula (NFF); and how they most effectively transition away from local formulae to all schools’ funding allocations being determined directly by the NFF in the years ahead.


23:45 BST, 30 September 2021

Renewables Obligation (RO): addressing electricity supplier payment default under the RO scheme

UK government consultation | Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Ofgem

The Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme in England and Wales supports the generation of renewable electricity. It operates as a market-based mechanism through a system of tradable green certificates called Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs). ROCs are issued to generators free of charge by the scheme administrator, Ofgem, in relation to the amount of renewable electricity they generate. Generators sell the ROCs to suppliers or traders. Electricity suppliers are under an obligation to obtain and present a certain number of ROCs to Ofgem, or instead make a fixed payment into a cash payment fund in lieu of each ROC. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of electricity suppliers exiting the retail market and defaulting on their obligation under the RO. This consultation seeks views on: the main options available for addressing it, through both legislation and the electricity supply licence. It qualitatively assesses the likely impacts of each; and the introduction of a fixed price certificate based scheme as a way of addressing supplier payment default.


23:45 GMT, 9 November 2021

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