Current Government Consultations - July 2019


A brief summary of current government consultations of potential interest to RSN members. This is not intended as an exhaustive list of all relevant consultations.

JULY 2019 RSN DRAFT RESPONSE SERVICE:

This edition includes a suggested RSN draft response in relation to the MHCLG inquiry into long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing. If you wish to view this draft response please click here
→ Download a printable version of the Government Consultationst here

CURRENT CONSULTATIONS:

Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system – Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

This consultation builds on the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. It proposes fundamental reform of building safety requirements so that residents are safe, and feel safe, in their homes.

The proposals span 5 broad areas:

  • the scope of the new regime
  • the concept of dutyholders who have clear responsibilities throughout a building’s design, construction and occupation
  • giving residents a stronger voice in the system and ensuring their concerns are never ignored
  • plans for a new building safety regulator to provide oversight of the new building safety regulatory regime
  • strengthened enforcement and sanctions to deter non-compliance with the new regime

The Home Office, alongside this document, has issued a call for evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 (the ‘Fire Safety Order’). This seeks views from the fire safety sector, those it regulates and enforcing authorities on the current effectiveness and application of the Fire Safety Order to provide a regulatory framework for the ongoing management of fire safety in non-domestic premises and the common parts of multi-occupied residential buildings.

This consultation closes on 31 July 2019.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/building-a-safer-future-proposals-for-reform-of-the-building-safety-regulatory-system


Support for victims of domestic abuse in safe accommodation – Mistry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

This paper seeks views on the government’s proposals for a new approach to support victims of domestic abuse and their children in accommodation-based services in England.

They are consulting on a new delivery model for accommodation-based support. This includes the introduction of a statutory duty on local authorities to provide support that meets the diverse needs of victims of domestic abuse and their children, ensuring they have access to provision that is right for them.

The government welcome views on:

  • the definition of accommodation-based services and support
  • leadership and responsibilities
  • local and national accountability
  • guidance

They would like to hear from victims and survivors, service providers, local authorities, police and crime commissioners and other public agencies, as well as other professionals who support victims and their children.

This consultation closes on 2 August 2019.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/support-for-victims-of-domestic-abuse-in-safe-accommodation


Changing Places Toilets – Ministry of Housing, Community & Local Government

This consultation seeks views on how the government can increase provision of Changing Places toilets in specific new, large buildings commonly used by the public, as well as those undergoing building works.

The proposed approach is to introduce a mandatory requirement for Changing Places toilets in Building Regulations.

This consultation closes on 21 July 2019.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changing-places-toilets

Prepared by Andy Dean, Assistant Director at the Rural Services Network
Email: andy.dean@sparse.gov.uk

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