WCVA's consultations page, updated each week to help you have your say
Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) regularly responds to consultations on topics that will affect our members and the wider third sector.
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Your NHS - help it change for the better
Public engagement from 3 May - 27 June 2018.
ABMU Health Board is currently engaging on why they believe the NHS needs to change and their ideas for future NHS care. They are sharing these ideas with you and want your ideas of how services should change.
The engagement document specifically outlines two areas of change that ABMU Health Board would like to make in 2018:
- Patients spending less time in hospital, so allowing ABMU Health Board to reduce hospital beds;
- Developing more community based services to support older people with mental health problems, again allowing ABMU Health Board to reduce beds.
ABMU Health Board want you to have a say about how your local NHS services can give the best possible care now, and in the future. The closing date for you to provide your views is 27th June 2018.
The outcome of the engagement will be considered by the CHC and Health Board in July 2018. Based on this decisions will be made about whether these proposed changes can be implemented or whether further public consultation is required.
More details can be found at www.abm.wales.nhs.uk/engagement
Welsh Government 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 past few months saw the Review Panel hearing from members of the community and town councils themselves. The Review Panel would now like to hear from the people who live within these communities. This is your chance to have your voice heard.
They are keen to hear from:
Read more, take part in surveys and download recent newsletters here >>>
Bridgend Local Development Plan (2013) - Consultation on Draft Review Report and Draft Replacement Local Development Plan Delivery Agreement.
Draft Review Report
A statutory review of the Bridgend Local Development Plan (LDP) commenced in 2017, the first stage being the publication of the Draft Review Report which will be subject to a four week stakeholder consultation period commencing Monday 30 April 2018 until 5pm Friday 25 May 2018.
The report provides an overview of the issues that have been considered as part of the LDP review process and subsequently identifies the potential changes that are likely to be needed to any revised plan. It also sets out the potential options for revising the LDP.
The Draft Review Report and the official Comments Form can be viewed on the Council’s website here >>>
Download English Comments Form here >>>
Download Welsh Comments Form here >>>
Copies of these documents are also available for inspection during normal office opening hours at: Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB.
Comments are invited on the matters set out in the Draft Review Report, including five questions they would like your views upon.
You can email completed comments forms and email them to E: firstname.lastname@example.org or make them in writing, on a printed official Comments Form to Development Planning, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB by 5pm on Friday 25 May 2018.
Draft Delivery Agreement
Preparation of a Delivery Agreement is a key requirement in preparing a revised LDP. This document provides details of the various stages involved in the Plan-making process and the time each part of the process is likely to take, as well as the resources that the Council will commit to Plan preparation.
It also sets out the way in which the Council proposes to involve the local community and other stakeholders in the preparation of the revised LDP.
The Draft Delivery Agreement will be subject to a four week targeted key stakeholder consultation commencing Monday 30 April 2018 until 5pm Friday 25 May 2018.
The Draft Delivery Agreement can be viewed on the Council’s website here >>>
There is not a specific consultation comments form for the draft Delivery Agreement however, if you wish to make any comments, E: email@example.com or make them in writing to: Bridgend County Borough Council, Development Planning, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB by 5pm on Friday 25 May 2018.
They welcome correspondence in Welsh and English. Correspondence received in Welsh will be answered in Welsh and will not lead to delay. Your comments will be acknowledged and also be reported, in summary, to a future meeting of the Council, where a decision will be taken on how the LDP will be reviewed.
If you require any further information or have any questions please contact the Development Planning Team, T: 01656 643162 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Data Protection Notice - Please note that all comments received cannot be treated as confidential and will be available for public inspection (with your personal details redacted). They will also hold your contact details on their LDP Review consultation database for the duration of the LDP Review preparation process; unless your request in writing to be removed from the database and no longer receive correspondence from the Council on the LDP Review.
The future of transport and the voluntary sector in Wales - trouble ahead!
The Community Transport Association has been running a campaign since the Department for Transport issued their letter which contained information about a change in their guidance and a proposed consultation.
Whether you’re a member of the public, someone who works or volunteers for a not-for-profit community transport provider or users of those services, potential changes to how transport legislation applies could have a huge impact on you and your community.
Transport is a lifeline for people of all ages. Being able to get out and about is vital to experiencing the world around us. Unfortunately, private cars and public transport are often not options for those who can’t afford them, have no local bus services, live rurally, or can’t use conventional public transport due to needing extra assistance or support.
Thousands of charities and third sector organisations across the UK currently run not-for-profit transport on a daily basis that exists to make sure everyone can get out and about, no matter what their circumstances or needs.
Why are these services under threat?
Currently, these organisations are able to use what’s called section 19 or section 22 permits rather than having to apply for a commercial operator’s licence, because they’re not making a profit from their transport services, and they can use training such as the Minibus Drivers’ Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) to ensure their transport services are safe and legal.
Now, following a challenge from a small group of commercial bus operators, the Department for Transport has proposed changes to the way that these not-for-profit transport operators should run their services.
The Department for Transport's proposed guidance will mean that an estimated:
- 28% of all organisations running not-for-profit community transport will need a commercial operator’s licence to continue running their services;
- 84% of all organisations running not-for-profit transport will have to ensure their staff and volunteers obtain a commercial minibus driving qualification if they want to continue to drive their vehicles;
- 95% of all organisations running not-for-profit transport will be affected by these changes and required to spend large amounts of money to become compliant.
This means that this will affect traditional community transport providers as well as not-for-profit organisations that provide transport services such as churches, schools, youth groups, and charities such as the Scouts, Age UK, Mind or Scope.
What can you do?
In February, the Department for Transport launched a consultation on their guidance. As part of this, the Community Transport Association is asking them to reconsider their proposed changes and they want you to either:
For further details and to find out how to respond to the Department for Transport's consultation, read more here >>>
State of Caring Survey 2018: Tell your experiences of caring
Carers UK want to hear your experiences of being a carer in 2018.
They are launching their latest State of Caring Survey to help them paint a comprehensive picture of the impact that providing care can have on your life and to gather evidence of where more support and understanding is needed from services, employers and society.
Last year, over 7000 carers shared their experiences with Caers UK.. What they said last year made the front pages of newspapers, was quoted over and over again by politicians and policy makers. This helped Caresr UK bring the voice of carers and experience of carers into discussions on a whole range of issues from reform of NHS Continuing Care funding to how the Government can better support people to return to work after they are no longer caring, making changes where carers need them.
This year, Carers UK is campaigning for carers to be able to access a break from their caring role, for a rise in Carer’s Allowance and for stronger rights for carers who are juggling work and care. They know too that social care and the NHS will again be at the top of the agenda this year. They want to make sure that pressure on carers is at the centre of discussions about more funding and we need your evidence to do this.
As the survey is very comprehensive and Carers UK want to understand the different experiences of people and of having different caring responsibilities, it will take at least 20 minutes to complete. They very much appreciate you taking the time do this.
Complete the survey here >>>
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Have you experienced sexual harassment?
Tackling violence against women and girls and protecting the most vulnerable in our communities are key priorities for South Wales Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
In light of recent high profile cases which have been reported in the media, they would like to ask some questions about your experience of sexual harassment.
This will only take around five minutes to complete.
Complete English language survey here >>>
Complete Welsh language survey here >>>
Have your say on council services
Bridgend County Borough Council is inviting local people to have their say on the services it provides. Members are being recruited for the council’s Citizens’ Panel, which helps it to understand local people’s opinions about the services it provides for residents and businesses, and to review and improve its work.
Do you know someone who may be interested in joining the Citizens’ Panel? Bridgend County Borough Council has made it easier for residents to take part in their surveys. Sign up forms are available at all libraries and responding online is even more user friendly.To find out more or if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about this service, please get in touch with the Communications, Marketing and Engagement team on 01656 643664 or email email@example.com