Taking into account the current weather & flooding situation across the country we have decided to postpone the West Midlands Regional Seminar which was supposed to take place this upcoming Monday, 24th of February 2020 at Stafford Borough Council.
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Government is asking for ideas and evidence to help transform our food system. They want to hear ideas from anyone, including:
They also want to hear from people in devolved administrations or abroad.
The responses will shape recommendations and actions for government to consider.
This National Food Strategy will apply to England only. The final report of the review is due in summer 2020.
This consultation closes on 25 October 2019.
Government are seeking views on proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England. They state: “We know that our health is shaped by the environment in which we live, the choices we make, and the services we receive. We need to take action on each of these.”
This consultation closes on 14 October 2019.
Fuel poverty is defined in the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 as: a person [who] is a member of a household living on a lower income in a home which cannot be kept warm at reasonable cost.
In 2014, the government introduced in legislation a fuel poverty target for England to improve as many fuel poor homes as is reasonably practicable to a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C, by the end of 2030.
They are looking to update the fuel poverty strategy for England. This consultation has 2 aims:
This consultation closes on 16 September 2019.
Government are proposing to:
This consultation closes on 7 October 2019.
The Homelessness Reduction Act is the most ambitious reform to homelessness legislation in decades. It is a key lever for reducing homelessness and helping to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and ending it altogether.
This call for evidence seeks to gather evidence on:
This consultation closes on 15 October 2019.
The government states that it is committed to modernising the rented sector, and intends to introduce a new, fairer deal for both landlords and tenants.
On 15 April 2019, the government announced that it will put an end to so called ‘no-fault’ evictions by repealing section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. Under the new framework, a tenant cannot be evicted from their home without good reason. This is intended to provide tenants with more stability, protecting them from having to make frequent moves at short notice, and enabling them to put down roots and plan for the future.
The government also proposed to strengthen the section 8 eviction process, so landlords are able to regain their property should they wish to sell it or move into it themselves. This will provide a more secure legal framework and a more stable rental market for landlords to remain and invest in.
This consultation seeks views on how section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 has been used in the past, and the circumstances in which landlords should be able to regain possession once it has been abolished, including what changes may be necessary to the existing grounds for possession in Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988.
They are also inviting views on the implications of removing the ability of landlords to grant assured shorthold tenancies in the future, how the processing of repossession orders through the courts could be improved, and whether the reforms should be extended to other types of landlords, most notably, to housing associations.
This consultation closes on 12 October 2019.
Prepared by Andy Dean, Assistant Director at the Rural Services Network
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