On this page you will find featured government consultations that are currently running.
Consultation on the draft Bicycle Strategy for Northern Ireland
The Department for Regional Development (DRD) is seeking your views on the draft Bicycle Strategy for Northern Ireland which sets out, over a 25 year period, how the department plans to make Northern Ireland a cycling community.
The Department has outlined in the draft strategy the issues which it considers to be key in establishing a cycling culture in Northern Ireland. A series of consultation events will be held during October 2014, these will include events in rural areas.
You can download the document and find out more, including how to respond, at the following link.
Deadline for response - 21 November 2014
Consultations on proposals to increase the supply of affordable housing
The Department for Social Development and the Department of the Environment are seeking your views proposals to increase the supply of affordable housing.
The DSD consultation Developer Contributions for Social and Affordable Housing sets out the policy behind developer contributions and seeks your views on the introduction of such a policy in Northern Ireland and on the suggested level of contribution. The DOE consultation on the ‘Draft Planning Policy Statement 22 (PPS22) ‘Affordable Housing’, details how developer contributions could be delivered.
Both consultations should be considered alongside each other.
The proposed system of Developer Contributions for Social and Affordable Housing will require planning authorities in Northern Ireland to seek contributions from developers for affordable housing, as a proportion of all newly-proposed housing developments above a threshold number of dwellings – a system already in place in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. These contributions will either be in the form of:
- Housing units on-site
- Housing units off-site
- Housing Units and Commuted sums
- Commuted Sums
You can find out more about the DSD consultation on Developer Contributions, including how to respond on the DSD website at the link below.
The draft Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 22: Affordable Housing sets out draft planning policy for securing developer contributions towards affordable housing.
The draft policy sets a requirement for all development applications containing five housing units or more on sites outside land zones for social housing, the planning authority must seek the provision of affordable housing and/or commuted sums, according to the targets set though the DSD Developer Contributions for Affordable Housing draft policy paper.
You can find out more about the DOE consultation on draft Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 22: Affordable Housing, including how to respond on the DOE website at the link below.
Deadline for responses - 23 September 2014
Consultation on proposals to implement amendments to the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI)
The National Archives is leading on work to transpose amendments to the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI) into UK law which will apply to Northern Ireland.
The Directive on the re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI Directive) removed barriers to the re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI) across the European Union (EU) and took effect in the United Kingdom in July 2005 through the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations. Re-use means use for any purpose other than that for which it was originally produced.
The main changes in the amended Directive are to:
- require public sector bodies (PSBs) to allow the re-use of existing and generally accessible information they create, collect or hold. The effect of this was to make re-use mandatory in most cases
- extend its scope to cover PSI held by public sector museums, libraries (including university libraries) and archives in making their information available for re-use
- introduce the general principle that charges for re-use should normally be set at marginal cost, with exceptions in certain circumstances
- introduce a redress mechanism for complaints by re-users operated by an impartial review body with the power to make binding decisions
You can download documents and find out more, including how to respond, at the following link:
- Consultation on proposals to implement amendments to the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information - GOV.UK website
Deadline for response - 7 October 2014
Consultation on the Independent Living Fund (ILF)
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) is seeking your views on how current users of the Independent Living Fund in Northern Ireland can be supported from 1 July 2015.
The department, in collaboration with the ILF Advisory Group has developed five proposed options for consideration in Northern Ireland. These options are;
- Option 1 - Do nothing - current payments will stop and ILF users in NI will have no element of support.
- Option 2 - Successor Body - established to administer the fund in a similar manner to current arrangements.
- Option 3 - Transfer funding and responsibility to Health and Social Care Trusts - who have the expertise and skills necessary in assessing people to determine the level of social care required.
- Option 4 - Transfer funding to Health and Social Care Trusts with preserved rights for existing ILF users in NI - to seek to ring fence existing ILF packages for the lifetime of the user.
- Option 5 - Transfer funding to the Health and Social Care Board (with preserved rights for existing ILF users in NI) to provide a regional / centralised service – will see the HSC Board providing a regional or centralised service on behalf of the five HSC Trusts.
You can download documents and find out more, including how to respond from the DHSSPS website at the following link.