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  • National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code: Consultation proposals

    This consultation seeks views on draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework. The text has been revised to implement policy changes in response to the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission “Living with Beauty” report . A number of other changes to the text of the Framework are also set out and explained in this consultation, but we are not proposing a review of the National Planning Policy Framework in its entirety at this stage. A fuller review of the... More
    Opened 30 January 2021
  • Somerset Unitarisation

    Residents and businesses in Somerset are currently served by a two-tier system of local government. Somerset County Council is responsible for services such as adult and children’s social care, maintaining roads and libraries, and the District Councils – Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton and South Somerset - are responsible for services such as rubbish collection, housing and planning and environmental health. The five councils in... More
    Opened 22 February 2021
  • North Yorkshire Unitarisation

    Residents and businesses in North Yorkshire are currently served by a two-tier system of local government. North Yorkshire County Council is responsible for services such as adult and children’s social care, maintaining roads and libraries, and the District Councils – Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby - are responsible for services such as rubbish collection, housing and planning and environmental health. The City of York... More
    Opened 22 February 2021
  • Cumbria Unitarisation (including a proposal involving the City of Lancaster)

    Residents and businesses in Cumbria are currently served by a two-tier system of local government. Cumbria County Council is responsible for services such as adult and children’s social care, maintaining roads and libraries, and the Councils – Allerdale Borough, Barrow Borough, Carlisle City, Copeland Borough, Eden District and South Lakeland District - are responsible for services such as rubbish collection, housing and planning and environmental health. ... More
    Opened 22 February 2021
  • Local Authority Remote Meetings - Call for Evidence

    This call for evidence seeks to understand the experience of local authorities in the whole of the UK regarding remote meetings. This is an open call for evidence. We particularly seek the views of individual members of the public; prospective and current local authority members/representatives; officers/leaders of local authorities who have been meeting remotely; and those bodies that represent the interests of local members/representatives at all levels. More
    Opened 25 March 2021
  • Commercial Rents and COVID-19 Call for Evidence

    Throughout the last year many businesses have been forced to close in line with public health restrictions and faced significant periods of disruption to revenue. In response, Government introduced legislation to prevent landlords of commercial properties from being able to evict tenants for not paying rent; to restrict landlords’ abilities to recover rental arrears through the seizure of tenants’ goods; and to restrict the service of statutory demands and winding up petitions. ... More
    Opened 6 April 2021
  • MHCLG COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund - Final Report

    MHCLG Domestic Abuse COVID-19 Emergency Fund - Final Report Thank you for the work you are doing supporting victims of domestic abuse, and their children, through this difficult time. As detailed within your grant agreements, you are required to report on your delivery on the outputs and outcomes for the grant funding period. For this purpose we ask that you respond to the questions in this survey. We ask that all responses be submitted... More
    Opened 6 April 2021
  • Technical consultation: changes to permitted development rights for electronic communications infrastructure

    This consultation seeks views on proposed planning reforms that will allow the deployment of telecoms equipment to be quicker whilst ensuring that there are appropriate environmental protections and safeguards in place . Proposals we are consulting on include: Enabling the deployment of radio equipment housing up to specified limits and allowing greater flexibility for installing equipment cabinets in existing compounds to support 5G deployment and... More
    Opened 20 April 2021
  • Changes to the Audit Fees Methodology for Allocating £15 Million to Local Bodies

    Sir Tony Redmond, in his review of the effectiveness of external audit and transparency of financial reporting in local authorities, recommended that the current fee structure for local audit be revised to ensure that adequate resources are deployed to meet the full extent of local audit requirements. In the Government’s 17 December response , the Government committed to take swift action to support market stability, and in particular to take action to review and reform regulations to... More
    Opened 20 April 2021
  • Amendments to the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015

    Sir Tony Redmond, in his review of the effectiveness of external audit and transparency of financial reporting in local authorities, recommended that the current fee structure for local audit be revised to ensure that adequate resources are deployed to meet the full extent of local audit requirements. To support the implementation of this, the department is providing relevant local government bodies with £15 million in additional funding in 2021/22. This is intended to... More
    Opened 20 April 2021
  • Technical Consultation on the Consequential Changes to the Permitted Development Rights

    This technical consultation seeks views on detailed consequential changes to specific national permitted development rights as a result of amendments made to use classes from 1 September 2020. The consultation also seeks views on any potential impacts on business, local planning authorities and communities from these proposed changes. The government is mindful of its responsibility to have regard to the potential impact of any proposal on the Public Sector Equality Duty, and... More
    Opened 13 May 2021
  • Statutory Guidance and Regulations Consultation - Domestic Abuse Support in Safe Accommodation

    Domestic Abuse is a devastating crime which creates long term impacts on victims, their children, and wider society. Government has committed to transforming the response to domestic abuse. On 29 April the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 received Royal Assent. The Act includes within Part 4 (Sections 57-61) new duties on Tier 1 local authorities in England relating to the provision of support for victims and their children residing within relevant safe accommodation and a... More
    Opened 15 June 2021
  • Windrush Monument: Share your Views

    This questionnaire will ascertain the views of the public on the four shortlisted artists to design the National Windrush Monument. More
    Opened 14 July 2021
  • Building Safety Levy

    Consultation on Building Safety Levy This consultation seeks views on the design and calculation of the proposed Building Safety Levy, through which developers will make an important contribution to remedy historical building safety defects. The Consultation covers the following areas: Design of the Levy Levy calculation Potential housing supply impacts Process and timings ... More
    Opened 21 July 2021
  • Local Audit Framework: technical consultation

    Sir Tony Redmond, in his review of the effectiveness of external audit and transparency of financial reporting in local authorities made a number of recommendations. In May we published an updated response to the Redmond Review of Local Authority Financial Reporting and External Audit which outlined our thinking on Sir Tony’s key finding about a lack of ‘system leadership’ in the local audit system. We set out our proposal that the Audit Reporting and... More
    Opened 28 July 2021
  • Private parking charges, discount rates, debt collection fees and appeals charter: further technical consultation

    This consultation seeks further views on the level of private parking charges proposed in the Government’s response to the Parking Code Enforcement Framework Consultation, including the discount rate for early payment, the level of additional debt collection fees, and the detail of the Appeals Charter to help deliver a fair, proportionate and consistent system across the country. More
    Opened 30 July 2021
  • Call for Evidence - Review of Architectural Regulation

    Ministerial Foreword The United Kingdom’s architectural sector is one of the best in the world – with first-class educational institutions, world-leading practices and a healthy export market. The United Kingdom also has a vibrant small and medium sized enterprise (SME) sector who operate at local level to ensure that the places where we live, work and play suit our communities. The challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the... More
    Opened 16 August 2021
  • Domestic Abuse Act Part 4, Local Authority progress

    Domestic Abuse is a devastating crime which creates long term impacts on victims, their children, and wider society. Government has committed to transforming the response to domestic abuse. On 29 April the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 received Royal Assent. The Act includes within Part 4 (Sections 57-61) new duties on Tier 1 local authorities in England relating to the provision of support for victims and their children residing within relevant safe accommodation and a duty on Tier 2... More
    Opened 19 August 2021
  • Supporting Defence Infrastructure and the Future of Time-Limited Permitted Development Rights

    This consultation contains proposed changes to two permitted development rights in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 that were introduced to support businesses and the high street in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It covers the following areas: Class BB of Part 4 permitting moveable structures within the curtilage of a pub, café, restaurant, or historic visitor attractions, Class BA of Part 12 permitting for... More
    Opened 5 September 2021
  • Private rented sector (England) tenant survey

    Thank you for taking the time to open our survey. There are a maximum of 20 questions and it should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The survey is aimed at those with experience renting privately in England, or those who are considering renting privately in the near future (private renting is where you rent a property from a private landlord/company and not a social landlord/council). More
    Opened 3 November 2021
  • Consultation on changes to the capital framework: Minimum Revenue Provision

    Local authorities can freely borrow and invest under legislation and guidance known as the Prudential Framework. Notwithstanding these freedoms, authorities must make sure borrowing is affordable. Where capital expenditure is financed by borrowing, authorities have a statutory duty to set aside revenue funds to repay the principle of the debt; this is known as Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP). The government has identified that some authorities are not sufficiently complying with this duty... More
    Opened 30 November 2021
  • Business Rates Review: technical consultation

    This consultation sets out how the government intends to give effect to a number of measures arising from its recent business rates review. It covers the following areas: Measures to enable more frequent revaluations Improvement relief Support for investment in green plant and machinery Other administrative changes More
    Opened 30 November 2021
  • Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2022/23 Consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the proposals for the Local Government Finance Settlement for 2022/23. More
    Opened 16 December 2021
  • Diwygio’r systemau lesddaliad a chyfunddaliad yng Nghymru a Lloegr

    Trosolwg Diwygio’r systemau lesddaliad a chyfunddaliad yng Nghymru a Lloegr. Mae’r ymgynghoriad hwn yn ceisio barn ar ddiwygiadau i’r system lesddaliad a chyfunddaliad yn dilyn argymhellion yn adroddiadau Comisiwn y Gyfraith a gyhoeddwyd yng Ngorffennaf 2020. Yn benodol, mae’n ceisio barn am: Y cyfyngiad amhreswyl ar ryddfreinio cyfun; Y cyfyngiad amhreswyl mewn hawliadau hawl i reoli; Y... More
    Opened 11 January 2022
  • Consultation on the Impacts of Joint Tenancies on Victims of Domestic Abuse

    Topic of this consultation: The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is seeking views on the impacts of the law on joint tenancies on victims of domestic abuse in the social rented sector. We are interested in whether: perpetrators are using their ability to end a joint tenancy to threaten the victim with homelessness; victims feel trapped in their joint tenancy with the perpetrator; the current guidance for social landlords is sufficient... More
    Opened 15 February 2022
  • Local Connection Requirements for Social Housing for Victims of Domestic Abuse

    During the passage of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 concerns were raised relating to removing local connection tests for domestic abuse victims who apply for social housing. The government wishes to consult on regulations to prevent local authorities applying a local connection to victims of domestic abuse applying for social housing. The consultation will consider the scope of regulations and the circumstances in which the exemption would apply.  The Department for Levelling Up,... More
    Opened 15 February 2022
  • Levelling Up

    We are fortunate to live in one of the most dynamic, diverse, free and successful countries in the world, but that success is not being shared fairly across the whole of the United Kingdom. That’s changing as we allocate the first round of our £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund to regeneration projects across the UK, investing billions in our railways, rolling out next generation gigabit broadband and moving more government functions and civil servants out of London as part of investment... More
    Opened 13 March 2022
  • Vagrancy Act Consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the replacement of offences previously held in the Vagrancy Act. This covers the following areas: How to replace the offences in the Vagrancy Act which prohibit begging in an appropriate way that prioritises getting individuals into support; How we can make sure that replacement legislation on begging supports the right environment in which to deliver effective services and to engage with vulnerable people constructively;... More
    Opened 7 April 2022
  • Technical consultation on street naming

    Topic of this consultation: How streets are named, and how names can be changed forms part of the programme to level up the United Kingdom. Local street names form part of the local identity that helps create a sense of pride in place; how they are changed forms part of the process that can build or reduce trust in local systems and institutions. The Government are concerned that there are attempts to erase and cancel local heritage and that residents are not being properly... More
    Opened 11 April 2022
  • Consultation on compulsory purchase - compensation reforms

    Compulsory purchase is the power to acquire land and property without the consent of the owner. It is an important tool for assembling land needed to help deliver social, environmental and economic change. The Government’s High Street Strategy, published in July 2021, emphasised the role of compulsory purchase as a catalyst for regeneration in town centres and high streets which are seeing persistent long-term empty properties, and where there are complex and fragmented land... More
    Opened 6 June 2022
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