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Consultation responses

Government and other bodies publish consultations as a means of seeking public input and evidence into policy-making and legislation. APM submissions are contained within this section.

You will see below a list of all the consultations APM has responded to (previous dates) or are currently considering responding to (future dates).

On the latter, we will only respond if we receive enough interest to warrant one.

Please send your comments to external.affairs@apm.org.uk, letting us know which consultation you’re responding to.  There is no need to answer every question, just those linked to your area of expertise.

You can also respond separately of the APM response on the consultee website.

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06/09/22 – House of Lords Science and Technology Committee: People and skills in STEM

Consultation title:  People and skills in UK science, technology, engineering and mathematics


Consulting organisation:  House of Lords Science and Technology Committee


Deadline:  6 September 2022 (please provide any response for APM to consider by 31 August 2022)


About this consultation


This inquiry looks into people and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the UK.

Call for evidence: People and skills in UK science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Background


During the Committee’s inquiry into delivering a science and technology strategy, it heard concerns about the availability of skilled individuals for STEM related careers.

Post-Brexit reforms to the UK’s immigration system are intended to attract talented individuals with STEM skills to the UK. The Committee is interested in whether the UK remains an attractive place for international STEM talent and what effect the visa reforms are having on that.

The Government wants to increase the proportion of UK gross domestic product spent on research and development (R&D) to 2.4% by 2027 from the current 1.74%.

The Committee is interested in the skills the UK workforce is currently lacking and those it will need in the future. It is also interested in the measures the Government can take to address any skills gaps, including supporting workers to retrain and gain new, in particular technical, skills mid-career.

Consultation Questions


International talent

1) How attractive is the UK as a place for people with STEM skills to move to and make a career and has this changed recently?

  • What challenges face scientists and people with STEM skills seeking to move to the UK? What can be done to address these?
  • Can the UK learn from steps taken by other countries to attract and incentivise STEM talent?
  • Is the UK’s post-Brexit visa system, including the criteria applied, appropriate to attract the STEM talent the UK needs?
  • Is there any evidence of a “brain drain” from the UK in STEM fields? Should consideration be given to schemes to incentivise skilled individuals to return to the UK from abroad, for example to work in the NHS?

STEM skills

2) What STEM skills is the UK lacking and what skills are likely to be in high demand in future?

  • Are businesses able to recruit people with appropriate STEM skills?
  • Are STEM graduates being sufficiently prepared for highly skilled careers?
  • What is being done to allow for people to develop STEM skills across multiple disciplines throughout their career? What could improve this?
  • Is the STEM skills gap growing or shrinking?

Education sector

3) What measures is the Government taking to address any STEM skills gap? Are they sufficient to address the requirements of wider government policy aims for science and technology, including net zero?

  • Do cultural influences such as social media have a role to play in increasing uptake in STEM careers? Could the Government do more to encourage this?
  • Is there sufficient training in STEM skills available for workers who want to retrain? What schemes are there and how easy are they to access?
  • How easy is it to recruit teachers with scientific skills and expertise? What more can be done to encourage highly skilled individuals from all backgrounds to go into STEM education?
  • How much of a role could (and should) the private sector play in retraining their workers, or supporting workers to retrain?

Quality of academic careers

4) What major challenges face those in academic scientific careers at present, and in the recent past?

  • How should the Government encourage a wider range of people to pursue STEM academic careers?
  • What more could be done to address the precarity of STEM academic careers, particularly in the early stages?

How to respond


Please send your comments to external.affairs@apm.org.uk by 31 August 2022, letting us know which consultation you’re responding to.  There is no need to answer every question, just those linked to your area of expertise.

You can also respond separately of the APM response on the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee website, deadline for responses there is 6 September 2022.

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12/10/22 – Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: In-occupation regime for higher-risk buildings

Consultation title:  Consultation on the in-occupation regime for occupied higher-risk buildings


Consulting organisation:  Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, UK Government


Deadline:  12 October 2022 (please provide any response for APM to consider by 3 October 2022)


About this consultation


These twelve consultations all relate to the proposals for occupied higher-risk buildings under Part Four of the Building Safety Act 2022.

Consultation on the in-occupation regime for occupied higher-risk buildings

Background


A key part of reforms under the Building Safety Act 2022 includes introducing a new, more stringent regulatory regime for high-rise residential and other in scope buildings (known as higher-risk buildings).

Government is consulting on the Higher Risk Buildings (Descriptions and Supplementary Provisions) Regulations. This consultation covers policy proposals for the in-occupation phase for buildings in scope of the new, more stringent regime. 

Consultation Questions


The Department would like APM member comment on twelve specific areas:

  1. Registration 
  2. Certification 
  3. Accountable person(s) and the principal accountable person 
  4. Safety case approach 
  5. Mandatory occurrence reporting 
  6. Residents’ voice and duties on residents 
  7. Golden thread contents 
  8. How the golden thread should be managed and stored 
  9. Duties on the accountable person(s) and the principal accountable person to share information 
  10. Appeals 
  11. Enforcement 
  12. Key building information 

How to respond


Please send your comments to external.affairs@apm.org.uk by 3 October 2022, letting us know which consultation you’re responding to.  There is no need to answer every question, just those linked to your area of expertise.

You can also respond separately of the APM response on the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities website, deadline for responses there is 12 October 2022.

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12/10/22 – Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Implementing the new building control regime for higher-risk buildings

Consultation title:  Consultation on implementing the new building control regime for higher-risk buildings and wider changes to the building regulations for all buildings


Consulting organisation:  Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, UK Government


Deadline:  12 October 2022 (please provide any response for APM to consider by 3 October 2022)


About this consultation


This consultation looks at proposed changes to building regulations under part three of the Building Safety Act 2022.

Consultation on implementing the new building control regime for higher-risk buildings and wider changes to the building regulations for all buildings

Background


This consultation seeks views on policy proposals for legislation the Government intends to introduce to create the building control procedure for higher-risk buildings, as well as wider changes to improve the building control system.

They seek views on:

  • New dutyholder and competence requirements on all building work and additional duties for those working on higher-risk buildings. These new roles and requirements aim to ensure a stronger focus on compliance with the regulations
  • A series of robust hard stops (“gateway points”) to strengthen regulatory oversight before a higher-risk building is occupied
  • The approach to Regulator’s notices to support building projects which comprise both higher-risk building work and non-higher risk building work
  • Stronger change control during the construction of higher-risk buildings
  • Additional requirements for building work carried out in existing higher-risk building work e.g. refurbishments
  • The process of certifying building work that have been carried out without building regulations approval (regularisation)
  • Establishing greater record keeping and management in higher-risk buildings (golden thread of information)
  • A mandatory occurrence reporting system in higher-risk buildings
  • More rigorous enforcement powers for building work in all buildings to focus incentives on the creation of reliably safe buildings from the outset and the approach taken to the review and appeal of building control decisions
  • Wider changes to the building regulations to align the existing system with the new system
  • The transitional provisions for changing to the new higher-risk building regime

Consultation Questions


The Department would like APM member comment on multiple questions, available at:

Consultation on implementing the new building control regime for higher-risk buildings and wider changes to the building regulations for all buildings

How to respond


Please send your comments to external.affairs@apm.org.uk by 3 October 2022, letting us know which consultation you’re responding to.  There is no need to answer every question, just those linked to your area of expertise.

You can also respond separately of the APM response on the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities website, deadline for responses there is 12 October 2022.

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09/05/22 – Department for Transport: Transport Labour Market and Skills

Consultation title:  Transport labour market and skills


Consulting organisation:  Department for Transport, UK Government


Status:  Response submitted


About this consultation


This consultation considers the barriers and opportunities to developing skills and careers across the transport sector.

Background


This consultation sets out 5 pillars that form the basis for the work the Department for Transport wants to carry out in collaboration with external partners, including the transport industry, academia and the third sector. These pillars are:

  • boosting diversity, inclusion and social mobility
  • improving training and employment
  • promoting careers in transport
  • preparing for future skills
  • building evidence and evaluating progress

Informed by public response to this paper, the 5 pillars will set the direction for the work of an industry-led taskforce.  The taskforce and the Department will develop a programme to support the sector in accessing skilled workers to create a transport system fit for the future. 

Consultation Questions


The Department would like APM member comment on five questions, as well as any more general comments:

1) In your view, what skills does the transport sector need in the future?

2) How, in your view, can current qualification and training routes be made more accessible for those who want to pursue a career in the transport sector?

3) What, in your view, are effective ways to attract young people and career changers into a career in the transport sector?

4) What, in your view, are the barriers to further increasing diversity, inclusion and social mobility in the transport sector?

5) How, in your view, can barriers to diversity, inclusion and social mobility in the transport sector be reduced?

6) Any other comments.

How to respond


Please send your comments to external.affairs@apm.org.uk by 2 May 2022, letting us know which consultation you’re responding to.  There is no need to answer every question, just those linked to your area of expertise.

You can also respond separately of the APM response on the Department for Transport website, deadline for responses there is 9 May 2022.

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15/04/22 – Scottish Government: Strategic Transport Projects Review

Consultation title:  Draft Second Strategic Transport Projects Review for Scotland


Consulting organisation:  Transport Scotland, Scottish Government


Status:  Response submitted


About this consultation


Transport Scotland has developed the Draft Second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) for Scotland. 

It now wishes to get opinions, from Scottish members and others, on what has been proposed.  The review will inform Scottish Ministers decisions on transport investment in Scotland for the next 20 years (2022-2042).

Consultation on the draft second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) for Scotland

Background


STPR2 is one of the mechanisms for delivering the Vision, Priorities and Outcomes of the second National Transport Strategy (NTS2). It is an important tool for achieving the Scottish Government’s commitment to 20% reduction in vehicle kilometres by 2030 and contributing to Scotland’s net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2045.

STPR2 considers the transport needs of Scotland’s people and communities and provides an overview of transport investment that is required to deliver the National Transport Strategy priorities and objectives of the Review.

It does not cover routine day-to-day motorway and trunk road maintenance and committed improvements; rail network operations, maintenance and renewal; and revenue funding for public transport services.

STPR2 makes 45 recommendations grouped under six themes.  The themes are:

  1. Improving active travel infrastructure
  2. Influencing travel choices and behaviours
  3. Enhancing access to affordable public transport
  4. Decarbonising transport
  5. Increasing safety and resilience on the strategic transport network
  6. Strengthening strategic connections

And the 45 recommendations for future project development can be seen on pages xv-xix in the consultation document - STPR2 Draft Technical Report.

Consultation Questions


There are 45 questions in total, too numerous to list here, but they can be accessed at Consultation questions and respondent information form.

How to respond


Please send your comments to external.affairs@apm.org.uk by 11 April 2022, letting us know which consultation you’re responding to. There is no need to answer every question, just those linked to your area of expertise.

You can also respond separately of the APM response on the Transport Scotland website, deadline for responses there is 15 April 2022.

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20/01/22 – Education Select Committee: Future of Post-16 Qualifications

Consultation Title:  Future of Post-16 Qualifications


Consulting organisation:  House of Commons: Education Select Committee


Status:  Response submitted 


About this consultation


The Education Committee will hold an inquiry examining how effectively post-16, level 3 education and qualifications (such as A Levels, T Levels, BTECs and apprenticeships) prepare young people for the world of work.

The Committee will consider the Government’s current work and proposals in this area and look at whether an alternative model, which enables a greater blend of academic and vocational pathways, should be explored.

The Government has several proposals underway on post-16 qualifications:

  • Level 3 qualification reform: The Government has responded to its consultation on reforming level 3 qualifications, with a policy statement published in July 2021. This sets out a timeline for reforms to level 3 qualifications, which includes defunding from technical qualifications that overlap with T Levels
  • The Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, which had its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 15 November
  • The further rollout of T Levels

The Committee’s new inquiry will look at the impact of these changes and whether existing and proposed arrangements go far enough to prepare young people for the world of work.