Law, human rights, and constitutional affairs

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

Legislation to counter state threats

UK government consultation | Home Office

This consultation sets out the government’s proposals and seeks input to inform the final policy and legislative proposals. At their core the legislative proposals in the consultation seek to: modernise existing counter espionage laws to reflect the modern threat and modern legislative standards; create new offences, tools and powers to detect, deter and disrupt hostile activity in and targeted at the UK; and improve our ability to protect official data and ensure the associated offences reflect the greater ease at which significant harm can be done. The consultation also considers whether there is the case for new tools and powers to criminalise other harmful activity conducted by, and on behalf of states.


23:45 BST, 22 July 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.


12 August 2021

Views on the 'End Conversion Therapy' petition

Scottish Government consultation | Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

The petition was lodged in August 2020. It calls on the Scottish Parliament "to urge the Scottish Government to ban the provision or promotion of LGBT+ conversion therapy in Scotland". The Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee welcomes responses to the following questions: What are your views on the action called for in the petition? What action would you like to see the Scottish Government take, within the powers available to it? Do you have suggestions on how the Committee can take forward its consideration of the petition?


13 August 2021

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

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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