Current Government Consultations - June 2018

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.


This edition includes a suggested RSN draft response in relation to SME productivity review. If you wish to view this draft response please click here


Business productivity review: call for evidence – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy consultation

Raising productivity is one of the government’s key priorities and core to the UK’s Industrial Strategy. As part of the approach to improving the business environment, the Industrial Strategy white paper announced that the government would launch a review of the actions that could be most effective in improving the productivity and growth of small and medium-sized businesses. This review is focused on improving the productivity of businesses with lower productivity, sometimes described as a ‘long tail’ that lags behind the leading firms and underperform relative to domestic and international benchmarks.

This consultation closes on 6 July 2018.

Air quality: draft Clean Air Strategy 2018 – Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consultation

The government is seeking views on the actions being proposed to reduce air pollution and its effects. The Clean Air Strategy affects a broad range of sectors and touches on the interests of many. The government is consulting on each of the main themes of the strategy document:

  • understanding of the problem
  • protecting the nation’s health
  • protecting the environment
  • securing clean growth and innovation
  • reducing emissions from transport
  • reducing emissions from farming
  • reducing emissions from industry
  • international, national and local leadership

They are also asking for views on the strategy as a whole. This consultation closes on 14 August 2018.

Air quality: reducing nitrogen dioxide air pollution in 33 local authorities (England) – Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consultation

Government want to know what measures you think will be effective in reducing roadside NO2 levels in 33 local authorities in England. They are also interested in how these measures should be assessed.

The government has directed 33 English local authorities to carry out studies into reducing nitrogen dioxide air pollution in their areas. The studies should identify whether there are any measures they can take to reduce NO2 air pollution in their areas in the shortest time possible.

Views submitted as part of this consultation will help inform the local authority studies, which need to be submitted to the government by 31 July 2018. The government will consider the results, and will publish a supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations by 5 October 2018.

This consultation closes on 26 June 2018.

Environment: developing environmental principles and accountability – Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consultation

Government want to know what you think about plans to create a new independent environmental watchdog. What functions and powers should the watchdog have to oversee environmental law and policy?

They are also seeking views on what environmental principles we should apply in England to guide and shape environmental law and policy making.

This consultation closes on 2 August 2018.

Powers for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments – Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government consultation

This consultation asks a series of questions relating to powers for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments, including:

  • local authority and police powers
  • court processes
  • trespass
  • planning enforcement
  • the provision of authorised sites
  • the impacts on the travelling community

This consultation closes on 15 June 2018.

Litter and refuse: updating enforcement guidance – Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs consultation

The government want to know what people think about their guidance on proportionate and effective use of fixed penalties for littering and related offences.

The guidance is relevant for other environmental fixed penalty powers such as for abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping, parking, and offences related to domestic waste bins.

The government committed in the Litter Strategy for England to publish improved guidance to promote proportionate and responsible enforcement. They intend to put this guidance into the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse. Land managers in England have to have regard to this code.

This consultation closes on 8 June 2018.


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