Active Consultations

DEFRA: Consultation on the proposal to extend the Single-use Plastic bag charge to all retailers and to increase the minimum charge to 10p

The purpose of this consultation is to find out what you think about plans to extend the Single-use Carrier Bag Charge to all retailers. The Government also want to know what you think about increasing the minimum charge to 10p.

These changes will build on the success of the existing Single Use Carrier Bags charge in reducing the effect of plastic bags in the environment.

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MHCLG: Business rates retention reform

This consultation seeks views on proposals for sharing risk and reward, managing volatility in income and setting up the reformed business rates retention system.

The reform of the business rates retention system will sit alongside wider changes to the local government finance system which the government aims to introduce in 2020.

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OFGEM: Forward Work Programme 2019-21

This consultation document sets out Ofgem’s draft Forward Work Programme for the extended period of 2019-21. It also sets out how Ofgem intend to simplify its regulatory approach, with the aim of reducing burdens for industry, and how it will operate in an efficient and effective way.

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OFWAT: Retail Exit Code – Non-price protections

The Retail Exit Code (REC) was put in place as a transitional arrangement to provide protection to business customers until competition in the retail market becomes fully functional. It is designed to provide default protection to customers who have not actively selected their water supplier in areas where the incumbent has exited the market.

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OFWAT: Retail Exit Code: Proposals for price protections beyond March 2020

The Retail Exit Code (REC) was put to provide protection to business customers until competition in the retail market becomes fully functional. It is designed to provide default protection to customers who have not actively selected their water supplier in areas where the incumbent has exited the market.

We are consulting on our proposed approach to future retail price protections that will apply from 1 April 2020. Our proposals include changes to the protections for all customers as well as simplifications to the way the price protections are implemented.

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Home Office: Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing statistics, England and Wales

Home Office statisticians have launched a consultation on the ‘Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing’ statistical releases. This consultation is being run to gather insight and seek your views on the presentation and timing of the Government Statistical Service’s ‘Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing’ statistics and specifically why you use the data, what information is used, how frequently you use the information and any concerns over quality.

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MHCLG: Planning reform: supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes

The government is committed to simplifying and speeding up the planning system, to support the high street, make effective use of land and deliver more homes.

Building on existing planning reforms, the government is consulting on proposals that will allow greater change of use to support high streets to adapt and diversify, support extending existing buildings upwards to create additional homes, and speed up the delivery of new homes.

The consultation includes separate proposals in respect of:

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