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  • Reforming the Business Energy Efficiency Tax Landscape

    This consultation was carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In July 2016, the department merged with the Department for Business and Innovation and Skills to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Please see full consultation document at... More
    Closed 9 November 2015
  • Tips, gratuities, cover and service charges - a call for evidence

    The payment of tips, gratuities, cover and service charges is prevalent in a number of sectors. Concerns have been raised about the treatment of such payments in the hospitality sector particularly in relation to the percentage of each payment that goes directly to the employer. This call... More
    Closed 10 November 2015
  • Recruitment sector regulations reform including proposals to stop EEA-only recruitment

    The recruitment sector is regulated by the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (the ‘Conduct Regulations’). In 2013, the Coalition Government consulted on proposed reforms to the legislation which would allow the... More
    Closed 23 November 2015
  • Independent Review of Self-Employment - Share your Story

    Julie Deane OBE, Founder and CEO of The Cambridge Satchel Company The Prime Minister asked me to carry out an independent review into self-employment and to make recommendations as to how the UK can create a more flexible and supportive environment for those who want to work for themselves.... More
    Closed 30 November 2015
  • Switching Suppliers - making it easy for consumers to switch

    If you knew you had won £200 on the lottery, would you forget to claim it? Probably not. Yet consumers across the UK are effectively ignoring significant savings every year when they stick with their current providers of essential but routine services. We’re very familiar with the concept of... More
    Closed 4 December 2015
  • Tackling Exploitation in the Labour Market

    More people are working in the UK than ever before. Over 2 million private sector jobs have been created since 2010, resulting in 600,000 fewer workless households [1] . 73.4% of people aged 16 to 64 are now in employment [2] and an increasing proportion of women and older people are... More
    Closed 7 December 2015
  • Long Residency Eligibility Criteria

    We intend to introduce new eligibility criteria for student support to allow people who have a long residential connection to the UK to enter higher education. A recent Supreme Court judgement required the government to consider adopting more tailored eligibility criteria to those without... More
    Closed 8 January 2016
  • Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice

    The consultation on higher education entitled Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice sets out a broad range of proposals to reshape the higher education landscape to have students at its heart. Its core aims are to raise teaching standards, provide... More
    Closed 15 January 2016
  • Consultation on the level of banded support for new solar PV under the Renewables Obligation

    This consultation was carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In July 2016, the department merged with the Department for Business and Innovation and Skills to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The consultation sets out the Government’s... More
    Closed 27 January 2016
  • Innovate UK’s Integration with Research UK

    The government has announced that it will take forward Sir Paul Nurse’s recommendation to bring the seven Research Councils under a new overarching body – Research UK. It will also look to integrate Innovate UK into Research UK, to strengthen collaboration with the research base and... More
    Closed 19 February 2016
  • Damages Directive Implementation

    The Damages Directive is designed to make it easier for businesses and individuals to claim for compensation when they have been victims of a breach of European competition law. The consultation sets out the UK Government's proposed approach to the relatively minor changes required to... More
    Closed 9 March 2016
  • The Business Impact Target, Growth Duty and Small Business Appeals Champion: Consultation on scope and guidance

    This consultation sets out which regulators the Government proposes to bring within scope of the Business Impact Target (BIT), Growth Duty and Small Business Appeals Champion. It also seeks views on draft statutory guidance that is intended to support implementation of the Growth Duty and the... More
    Closed 18 March 2016
  • Research Excellence Framework review: call for evidence

    On 16 December 2015, Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson launched a UK-wide review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) to ensure that future university research funding is allocated more efficiently, offers greater rewards for excellent research and reduces the... More
    Closed 24 March 2016
  • Improving Terms and Conditions

    Terms and Conditions and Consumer Protection Fining Powers - Call for Evidence In fair, competitive markets, consumers should be able to take informed choices without being misled and firms should not have incentives to breach the law. Following the publication of " A better deal: boosting... More
    Closed 25 April 2016
  • The Renewable Heat Incentive: A reformed and refocused scheme

    This consultation was carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In July 2016, the department merged with the Department for Business and Innovation and Skills to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was... More
    Closed 27 April 2016
  • Competencies for regulators

    Your views are sought on our proposed core competencies for front-line regulators. There are five specific questions on which we would like your feedback. The deadline for responses is 15 April. The draft core competencies comprise a set of statements providing a firm foundation... More
    Closed 29 April 2016
  • Consultation on implementing an exemption for Energy Intensive Industries from the indirect costs of the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in Tariff Schemes

    This consultation was carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In July 2016, the department merged with the Department for Business and Innovation and Skills to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. More
    Closed 27 May 2016
  • National Innovation Plan: call for ideas

    Innovation can transform lives. It can help to address our biggest societal and economic challenges such as energy supply, food security and managing the impacts of demographic change. It enables businesses to develop new ideas, products and services, create new jobs and export... More
    Closed 30 May 2016
  • Business broadband review: call for evidence

    We're seeking your views on how the UK can improve superfast broadband access for businesses. The review focuses on: the broadband speeds that businesses will need now and in the future the barriers businesses are facing in accessing the affordable, high speed... More
    Closed 3 June 2016
  • Protection for micro businesses in non-regulated sectors

    The Government is consulting on issues faced by micro businesses (including sole traders) when purchasing goods and services from other businesses in non-regulated sectors, in: (i) negotiating contracts; and (ii) being aware of their current protections – and how to use them – if there... More
    Closed 7 June 2016
  • Further Education Maintenance Loans

    We're seeking your views on introducing maintenance loans for higher level learners in technical and professional education. These would be on a par with the level of support available in Higher Education (HE); and support learners aged 19 plus studying at level 4 to level 6. Introducing... More
    Closed 16 June 2016
  • Improving the consumer landscape and quicker switching: call for evidence

    Government aims to create and maintain a fair and competitive business environment that leads to economic growth and to ensure that individuals are equipped with the knowledge and ability to understand their consumer rights and make good choices. Active and assertive consumers are... More
    Closed 23 June 2016
  • Government consultation on tips, gratuities, cover and service charges

    There are some 150,000 businesses in the hospitality, leisure and service sectors where tipping is common. These sectors are an important part of our economy, employing some 2 million workers. Concerns have been raised about employer’s treatment of these additional payments to workers; and the... More
    Closed 27 June 2016
  • UK competition regime: options for further reform

    This consultation is seeking your views on whether the government should take action to improve further the UK’s competition regime. We would like to hear whether you think that, two years after the current regime was put in place, there are refinements which can be made to reduce the burden on... More
    Closed 1 July 2016
  • Teaching Excellence Framework: Technical Consultation for Year Two

    The White Paper Success in a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility & Student Choice (May 2016) reiterates the Government’s manifesto commitment to introduce a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF will provide clear information to students about where the best... More
    Closed 12 July 2016
  • Review of support for Anaerobic Digestion and micro-Combined Heat and Power under the Feed-in Tariffs scheme

    This consultation was carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In July 2016, the department merged with the Department for Business and Innovation and Skills to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This consultation sets out proposals relating to... More
    Closed 14 July 2016
  • Accelerated Courses and Switching University or Degree: Call for Evidence

    Our aim is to encourage more flexible provision to meet students’ diverse needs. In this call for evidence we want to determine whether there is student demand for more switching between universities and degree courses. We also want to know more about demand for accelerated degrees. We are... More
    Closed 19 July 2016
  • Non-Compete Clauses Call for Evidence

    This government wants to make Britain the best place in Europe to innovate and start up a new business. As part of this, we want to look at our employment rules and whether they could be stifling British entrepreneurship by preventing workers from starting up their own business after leaving a... More
    Closed 19 July 2016
  • Consultation on the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP)

    This consultation was carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In July 2016, the department merged with the Department for Business and Innovation and Skills to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) aims... More
    Closed 3 August 2016
  • Consultation on Developing an Insolvency Regime for the Further Education and Sixth Form Sector

    This consultation seeks comments on proposals to introduce procedures for further education and sixth form colleges which become insolvent (unable to pay their debts). The proposals include a Special Administration Regime which would give extra protection to ensure continuity of service. The... More
    Closed 5 August 2016
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