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 email@example.com
On Wednesday 8th November 2017, cabinet members agreed that a public consultation should take place on the proposed draft budget savings. Every year we publish our budget and Forward Financial Plan (FFP) setting out what needs to be done to achieve a balanced budget for the coming year.
The public consultation runs from Wednesday 8th November 2017 until Monday 15th January 2018.
We are urging residents, community groups and local businesses in Neath Port Talbot to let us know what you think of these proposals, how they might affect you if they go ahead and if you have any suggestions for ways that we could generate income to ease the pressure on the budget and help protect services.
For further information on the budget 2018/2019 please click here.
Major Trauma Consultation
Neath Port Talbot Public Services Board Draft Local Well-being Plan
The Neath Port Talbot Public Services Board brings together public, private and third sector organisations to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Neath Port Talbot.
In May 2017, the Board published a well-being assessment which was informed by extensive engagement and survey work with residents and stakeholders, and consideration of relevant information such as existing data, evidence and research. The assessment captures the strengths and assets of people and communities across Neath and Port Talbot and describes the challenges and opportunities Neath Port Talbot faces now and in the future in terms of improving social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Neath Port Talbot. This assessment has now informed the draft priorities the Public Services Board proposes to focus on to improve well-being and we would very much appreciate your views on whether you think these are the right things to focus on.
The consultation survey and more information about the Neath Port Talbot Public Services Board (PSB) can be found in English https://www.npt.gov.uk/5808?lang=en-gb or in Welsh https://www.npt.gov.uk/5808?lang=cy-gb.
The consultation will close on Thursday 1st February 2018 and the outcomes of the consultation will be used to inform the final Well-being Plan which will be published by the Neath Port Talbot Public Services Board before May 2018.
Review of the Community and Town Council Sector
An Independent Review Panel has been set up to consider the future role of Community and Town Councils.
The review will:
- explore the potential role of local government below Local Authority councils, drawing on best practice
- define the most appropriate model(s)/structure(s) to deliver this role
- consider how these models and structures should be applied across Wales. This will include consideration of any situations in which they would not be necessary or appropriate.
The review will take around a year. The Panel will be hosting other opportunities to engage and the website will be updated once confirmed.
More information here.
Development of the Autism (Wales) Bill
Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, is holding a consultation in order to collect views on a Member’s Bill on autism.
Bills are normally introduced by Welsh Government ministers, but non-government members are allowed to introduce Bills when selected by ballot.
Paul Davies AM, has introduced the Autism (Wales) Bill, which is currently out for consultation.
It proposes to meet the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum conditions in Wales. It would give autism its own statutory identity.
The Bill’s other key proposals would also require the Welsh Government to publish a strategy for meeting the needs of children and adults in Wales with autism spectrum conditions; to require key staff to undertake autism training; and ensure that local authorities and health boards can help people with autism spectrum conditions get the timely support they need.
The consultation closes on the 20 November 2017.
To read the rest of the proposals and to respond to the consultation, please visit the National Assembly for Wales website, here.
Missing Voices? You and politics
Electoral Reform Society Cymru’s Missing Voices project aims to have an honest conversation about voting and how people across Wales feel about politics. It will also examine the recent increase in political engagement and ask how they can sustain that.
While the project want to talk to as many people as possible in the country, they we will be specifically looking to engage with people who don’t vote (or vote sporadically) and hearing their stories. Hopefully they can report back to people in October. Say what politics means to you by taking part in survey on non-voters below:
The purpose of this survey is to inform the work of the Electoral Reform Society with your views and opinions. It should take no more than five minutes to complete and all your responses will be anonymous. The Electoral Reform Society reserves the right to use and publish the anonymous data and will keep it for five years in accordance with the Data Protection Act, after which it will be destroyed. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time. They will NOT share these details with a third party, and the information will be used for research purposes only.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Discounted bus travel for younger persons in Wales…
The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure launched a consultation on Tuesday 10 October: and will run until 4 January 2018.
The consultation is about how Welsh Government’s scheme for younger people can be developed and delivered in the future to encourage more young people to use the bus to meet their daily travel needs.
Details of the consultation paper and response form can be found at:
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 email@example.com
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.
Welsh Government Responses…
Responses to the #TalkChildcare campaign
The Welsh Government launched a campaign, #TalkChildcare, in August 2016 to talk to parents and providers about the new childcare offer for Wales. The campaign aimed to understand the barriers facing parents when accessing childcare.
The Welsh Government has now published some of the key messages they have received from the campaign.
Some of the issues raised include:
- Cost of childcare
- Issues around Early Education
- Flexibility and accessibility of childcare
- Continuous care
- Support for childcare providers
You can find out more from the Welsh Government website.