Law, human rights, and constitutional affairs

Links to the latest government, parliament and local government consultations relating to law, human rights, and constitutional affairs.

The Cabinet Office Freedom of Information Clearing House

UK Parliament Inquiry | Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, House of Commons

The Cabinet Office is responsible for Freedom of Information (FoI) policy. The Cabinet Office’s FoI Clearing House advises departments on handling certain FoI requests and coordinates responses across Government. In April this year, the Cabinet Office lost a legal bid to withhold information about aspects of the way in which the Clearing House operates. In light of this, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee is holding an inquiry into the Cabinet Office’s implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


17:00 BST, 31 August 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

International Development Strategy: call for evidence

UK government consultation | Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

The International Development Strategy will set out the government’s approach to international development over the next decade. It will ensure close alignment of UK development activity with the objectives in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy from 2022 to 2030. The consultation seeks evidence to address several questions, including: how might progress on international development to 2030 be impacted by the trends identified in the Integrated Review and how should the UK respond?; what could success in 2030 look like in terms of meeting the needs of the poorest and most marginalised and increasing opportunities for countries to become self-sustaining?; in what area of international development does the UK have comparative advantage, particular interests, or is best placed to deliver?; and how should the UK’s approach evolve to build partnerships with new actors and strengthen existing ones?


23:59 BST, 6 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

Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) Consultation

UK government consultation | Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

The UK Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) is one of the ways through which a patient with a life threatening or seriously debilitating condition can gain access to a medicine before it has gained approval from the UK’s medicines regulatory authority. The aim of this proposal is to ensure that EAMS remains an attractive option for patients, healthcare professionals and companies, so that cutting-edge therapies are available for patients where there is an unmet clinical need. This consultation seeks views on proposed legislative changes to clarify the legal basis for EAMS.


23:45 BST, 17 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.


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

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