Effective consultation is a key part of the policy-making process.
Responses to consultations help shape policy developments and set the agenda for public services.
Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service responds to a wide variety of consultations as an organisation and on behalf of the sector.
We encourage voluntary sector organisations to feed us their views on current consultations via firstname.lastname@example.org
Playday: How has playing changed for children, families and communities over the last thirty years?..
The event celebrates children’s rights to play and its importance in their lives. Playday is coordinated by Play England, Wales, and Scotland and Playboard Northern Ireland. They want to understand how play has changed over the last thirty years and are seeking your views.
They are asking “What do you think about playing today and how have play opportunities changed for children, families and communities through time?” and would like responses through a survey, which can be accessed here.
For more information about Playday and the UK-wide survey, please contact email@example.com
National LGBT survey…
The UK Government has produced an open survey on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people living in the UK.
The UK Government is looking for your views on accessing and using public services in the UK and any experiences of discrimination you may have faced throughout your life, if you are LGBT, intersex, or have a minority sexual orientation or gender identity, and are 16 years old or over, living in the UK.
The survey also asks about your experiences in work, education, in healthcare and about your personal safety.
The consultation closes on the 15 October 2017.
To read more about the terms of service and to take part in the survey, please visit the UK Government website here.
Care experienced children and young people…
The Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly for Wales has opened a consultation into the public services for care experience children and young people.
The consultation will focus on the Committee’s remit of the economy, efficiency and the effectiveness with which resources are employed in public functions in Wales. To that end, it will consider the value of money for public services and the Pupil Development Grant for care experience children and young people. It will look at the effectiveness of local authority corporate parenting arrangements. The value of money and effectiveness of care placements will also be examined.
The consultation will close on the 15 September 2017.
To read the specific questions that the Committee is looking for answers to, and to read the guidance for providing responses to the consultation, please visit the National Assembly for Wales website.
Perinatal Mental Health
NSPCC Cymru/Wales, The National Centre for Mental Health and Mind Cymru have just launched three surveys, which we hope will help us to better understand what perinatal mental health support there is available for women and their partners in Wales.
Can you help us by filling in our survey, so we can understand whether mums and their partners in Wales are getting the support they need to live with, manage and recover from perinatal mental health problems?
We are asking midwives and health visitors; mental health and perinatal mental health teams; and third sector organisations in Wales – to tell us about the kinds of perinatal mental health support/services they offer to mums and their families across Wales.
We are also asking women; and their partners with lived experience of perinatal mental health problems (over 18 years old) to share their experiences of accessing perinatal mental health support in Wales.
We would appreciate it if you could share this survey with anyone else you think might be interested in sharing their story with us.
Regulations on Sharing Student Information…
The Welsh Government has opened a consultation on new regulations to extend school’s abilities to provide student information to Further Education Institutions.
The consultation seeks views on the appropriateness of the policy underlying the regulations, potential equality impacts in underlying policy and the regulations, the circumstances under which student information can be shared, and with who it can be shared.
The consultation will be run until the 31 July 2017 and can be responded to online, via e-mail, or post.
For more information and the consultation documents, please see the Welsh Government website.
Inquiry into poverty in Wales:
Communities First – lessons learnt…
What worked and didn’t work about the Communities First programme; how local authorities will decide which projects continue to receive funding after June 2017; and how different poverty reduction programmes (Communities for Work, Lift, Flying Start etc.) will change as a result of the end of Communities First.
Click here for more.
New Welsh Language White Paper…
The Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies AM, has announced plans for consultation on a new White Paper on provision for a new Welsh Language Bill.
In a statement, the Minister said: ‘Five years have elapsed since the passing of the Welsh Language Measure. This is the right time to consider the lessons learned to date and, where and if appropriate, to make improvements and changes.
‘We must consider whether the balance between the regulation of public services and supporting the Welsh language through activities to promote and facilitate its use is correct.’
More information here.
New Advisory Group on Brexit…
First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced the formation of a new group to advise Welsh Government on the impact of leaving the EU on Wales.
The European Advisory Group will comprise of business people, politicians and EU experts, who will advise Welsh Government on how Brexit will impact on Wales.
He said: ‘The advisory group will help us to understand the real world impact on our towns, villages, farming communities, educational institutions, businesses, the third sector and vital public services.’
He also announced that he will chair a Cabinet Sub-Committee on European Transition from September.
A consultation into the implications of Brexit on Wales is ongoing.
Inquiry into Youth Work…
Purpose of the Consultation
The overall aim of this ‘snapshot’ inquiry is to review the effectiveness of Welsh Government’s strategy and policy in respect of youth work. The Children, Young People and Education Committee is interested in your views on any or all of the following points:
Young people’s access to youth work services;
- How effective the Welsh Government strategy and policy on youth work is;
- Funding for youth work (Local Authority, Welsh Government, European, Third Sector);
- Any other issues you consider relevant to the Inquiry.
The Committee welcomes responses in Welsh or English from both individuals and organisations.
Invitation to contribute to the consultation
The Committee would like to invite you to submit written evidence to assist with the inquiry. The Committee welcomes responses in Welsh or English from both individuals and organisations.
Submissions should be no longer than five sides of A4, with numbered paragraphs, and should focus on matters set out above. Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.
Disclosure of information
The Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information is available, please ensure that you have considered these details carefully before submitting information to the Committee.
Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:
Children, Young People and Education Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Telephone: 0300 200 6565
Calling all Businesses – Have Your Say…
To assist in the development of the Regional Employment and Skills Plan for 2017, the RLSP are seeking to develop industry cluster groups. These cluster groups will provide much needed insight and form the employer voice element of the evidence base for the plan.
As the direct conduit to Welsh Government in terms of investment into employment and skills these RLSP supported groups will provide an unique opportunity to inform the future of skills provision within the region of south west and mid Wales, helping to drive a balanced and thriving economy.
If you would like to be a part of the solution and have your voice heard, please get in touch, we are seeking employers from these key sectors:
Health and Social Care
Food, Farming and the Environment
Leisure, Tourism and Retail
Construction, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing and Energy
Creative Industries and Digital/Information and Communication Technology
Financial and Professional Services
We look forward to hearing from you.
Please contact Rachel Clegg – RHClegg@carmarthenshire.gov.uk
WCVA Weekly Consultation Bulletin…
A new Bulletin appears every Friday. The Consultation Bulletin is also emailed to subscribers every Friday. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please email Catrin Roberts, WCVA Events Administrator, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to view this week’s bulletin.
Neath Port Talbot CVS Consultation Responses…
Neath Port Talbot CVS have responded to a number of consultations both local and national. These are available to download below:
Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – Consultation on the Regulations and code of practice in relation to Part 4 (Direct Payments and Choice of Accommodation) and Part 5 (Charging and Financial Assessment) of the Act
Responses from the Third Sector in Neath Port Talbot & Western Bay…
Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – Consultation on the regulations and code of practice in relation to Part 4 (Direct Payments and Choice of Accommodation) and Part 5 (Charging and Financial Assessment) of the Act
Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – Consultation on the Regulations and statutory guidance in relation to Part 10 (Complaints, Representations and Advocacy Services) of the Act
A Skills Needs Analysis for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and Allied Sectors…
The Regional Learning and Skills partnership is currently working in collaboration with Tidal Lagoon Power and it’s supply chain to develop a research report outlining the skills needs for the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project and allied sectors.
The Energy and Advanced Materials & Manufacturing sectors have been identified as being of significant importance to the region of South West and Mid Wales due to their substantial business presence, economic output and employment capabilities.
The emergence of a number of proposed high value key infrastructure projects such as the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (SBTL), HS2, Hinkley Point C, Wylfa Newydd and the Swansea Bay City Region’s City Deal bid pose both opportunity and challenge for the sectors. The report seeks to create a clear understanding of the challenges, skills needs and barriers to growth that these sectors face with the opportunities available in the region.
The RLSP Team visited the Tidal lagoon Power Head Quarters in Gloucester to give an indication of the key findings and recommendations from the report, which were positively received. The report will be available here shortly.
EU Consultation Responses…
Europe 2020 in a nutshell
Europe 2020 is the European Union’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy. It was launched in 2010 to create the conditions for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Five headline targets have been agreed for the EU to achieve by the end of 2020. These cover employment; research and development; climate/energy; education; social inclusion and poverty reduction.
Progress towards the Europe 2020 targets is encouraged and monitored throughout the European Semester, the EU’s yearly cycle of economic and budgetary coordination.
In March 2014, the Commission published a Communication taking stock of the Europe 2020 strategy , including an overview of progress on the 2020 targets.
The Commission held a public consultation on the strategy between May and October 2014, and published the results in a communication [178 KB] in March 2015. This consultation results will be taken into account when reflecting on how the Europe 2020 strategy should be taken forward. Proposals to review the strategy will be presented before the end of 2015.