On this page you will find featured government consultations that are currently running.
Consultation on the law on unduly lenient sentences
The Department of Justice is seeking your views on the current legislation that provides for unduly lenient sentences to be reconsidered and to assess what improvements if any should be made. The legislation under review is Sections 35 and 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and the supporting Reviews of Sentences Orders.
The Department has identified six issues for consideration:
- is there a continuing need for reviews of sentencing law?
- if so, what form should such a scheme take?
- is restructuring required?
- should there be a case filtering system?
- what scope should a scheme have?
- what case timetables should there be?
You can download documents and find out more, including how to respond from the DOJ website.
Deadline for response - 5pm 8 May 2015
Consultation on the Individual Funding Request (IFR) process evaluation recommendations
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is seeking your views on recommendations from the evaluation of the Individual Funding Request (IFR) process for accessing specialist drugs.
The IFR process provides access to unapproved specialist drugs in certain cases where there is an agreed clinical need. An evaluation was carried out last year to assess the existing process and to make recommendations on whether the IFR should continue in its current form or whether a new process should be considered.
You are being asked for your views on the following recommendations:
- revising the existing exceptionality criteria
- establishing regional scrutiny committee(s)
- increased transparency
- establishment of a Special Medicines Fund
- re-introduction of prescription charges to resource the fund
You can download documents and find out more, including how to respond and details of consultation events from the DHSSPS website.
- Consultation on the Individual Funding Request (IFR) process evaluation recommendations – DHSSPS website