Health, social care, education and communities

Links to the latest government, parliament and local government consultations relating to health, social care, and communities.

Arrangements for the assessment and awarding of vocational, technical and other general qualifications: 2021 to 2022

UK government consultation | Ofqual and Department for Education

There is a need for clarity on the approach to assessing and awarding qualifications in the academic year 2021 to 2022 in line with the government’s intention that exams and assessments will take place. This joint consultation sets out the arrangements for assessing and awarding vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) and other general qualifications in the academic year 2021 to 2022. These proposals are made in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has resulted in disruption to education during the current (2020 to 2021) and previous (2019 to 2020) academic years.

Deadline:

23:45 BST, 26 July 2021

Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2022

UK government consultation |Ofqual and Department for Education

This joint consultation invites your views on proposed adaptations to the assessment of GCSEs and GCE AS and A levels for students in England taking exams in summer 2022. These proposals are made in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has disrupted education during the current (2020 to 2021) and previous (2019 to 2020) academic years. This consultation covers the arrangements for exams and assessments to be taken in summer 2022 in light of this disruption and uncertainty about the continuing impact of the pandemic over the coming academic year.

Deadline:

23:45 BST, 1 August 2021

Carer's Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Government consultation | Social Justice and Social Security Committee

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a serious impact on unpaid carers in Scotland. Last year the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 provided a 'double payment' of Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June 2020. This covered the period from 1 April to 30 September 2020. This Bill was created to allow another 'double payment' in December 2021. Separately from this Bill, the Scottish Government plans to introduce a new benefit called Scottish Carer's Assistance. This future benefit would support carers and replace Carer's Allowance and this supplement. The Committee wishes to get views on the Bill.

Deadline:

12 August 2021

Ofsted inspection frequencies for children’s social care providers: 2021 to 2022

UK government consultation | Department for Education

The Department for Education is seeking views on amending regulations in relation to Ofsted’s minimum frequency of inspections of children’s homes and the minimum frequency of inspections for children’s social care provision more generally from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. Ofsted’s inspections of children’s social care providers operate on: an annual cycle, for example to children’s homes; and a 3-year cycle, for example to independent fostering agencies. These inspection cycles are applied through ‘the Fees and Frequency Regulations’ which set out the role and responsibilities of Ofsted under the Care Standards Act 2000.

Deadline:

17:00 BST, 20 August 2021

Cancer Services

UK Parliament inquiry | Health and Social Care Committee, House of Commons

This inquiry will ask why cancer outcomes in England continue to lag behind comparable countries internationally and examine evidence relating to the underlying causes of these differences. It will also consider what impact disruption to cancer services during the covid-19 pandemic will have on efforts to catch up, and ask whether the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan will help close the gap with the best performing countries worldwide.

Deadline:

3 September 2021

Health and Safety Executive’s approach to asbestos management

UK Parliament inquiry | Work and Pensions Committee, House of Commons

This inquiry is looking at how the Health and Safety Executive manages the continued presence of asbestos in buildings. It will ask about the current risks posed by asbestos in the workplace, the groups of people who are most affected, and how well the current laws and regulations for the management of asbestos are working.

Deadline:

17 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.

Deadline:

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.

Deadline:

23:45 BST, 30 September 2021

Inquiry into COVID-19 and its impact on matters relating to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s remit 

Welsh Parliament Inquiry | Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee

The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the Covid-19 outbreak in Wales. The inquiry will consider the impact of coronavirus, and the response to it, on the following areas:

  • Local government;
  • Housing;
  • Equalities;
  • Tackling poverty;
  • Human rights; and
  • Any other issues within the committee’s portfolio.

Deadline: 

Given current circumstances there is no fixed deadline by which to submit your views, we ask you to share them with us as soon as you’re able so that we can follow things up in as timely a way as possible.

Scrutiny of Covid-19 and its impact on children and young people (including students in further and higher education) 

Welsh Parliament Inquiry | Children, Young People and Education Committee

The Children, Young People and Education Committee is exploring how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of life for children and young people (including students in further and higher education) We will consider the impact of the outbreak and how it is being managed on children and young people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, their education and their social care. How the Welsh Government and its associated public bodies are dealing with the situation and its impact on relevant sectors and professions will also be considered.

Deadline: 

Given current circumstances there is no fixed deadline by which to submit your views – we asked you to share them with us as soon as you’re able so that we can follow things up in as timely a way as possible.

Hospital discharge processes 

Welsh Parliament Inquiry | Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is calling for evidence on:

  • How delayed transfers of care are measured (both in terms of numbers and impact), what the national data shows about why delayed transfers of care occur, the key pressure points across Wales and during the year, and possible reasons for variations.
  • What are the discharge processes within the health and social care sector, how effectively they adhere to the SAFER guidance and other good practice.
  • Whether there is the infrastructure and staff awareness to ensure the effective delivery of these processes.
  • The experiences of patients, families, carers and staff of discharge processes.
  • What are the barriers and enablers to effective communication and joint working between health, social care and third sector bodies.
  • The identification of practical frontline solutions and initiatives that work, enabling effective, appropriate and timely hospital discharge; how these are rolled out and mainstreamed.

Deadline: 

The deadline for responses to the Committee’s inquiry on hospital discharge processes has been lifted until further notice. We will continue to accept responses from those wishing to submit a response.

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