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Updated: 2017-03-13T16:47:29+00:00

 



Consultation outcome: Review of consumer protection measures applying to ticket resale: call for evidence

2017-03-13T16:47:29+00:00

A call for evidence on consumer protection measures applying to the re-sale of tickets for entertainment and sporting events.

Updated: Added link to government response and public feedback.

The government has announced that Professor Michael Waterson is to chair the review of consumer protection measures in the online ticket resale market for events. This Review is required by the Consumer Rights Act 2015. A call for evidence has been issued.

The Review is focusing on the secondary ticket market for re-sale of tickets for UK sporting, entertainment and cultural events. The call for evidence is to enable the Review to look more closely at consumer issues and secondary ticketing.

The Review would particularly welcome responses from event organisers, primary and secondary ticket sellers, online resale market businesses and enforcement bodies. However, anyone can respond, and all responses will be considered.




Consultation outcome: Public sector apprenticeship targets

2017-01-20T09:30:36+00:00

We're seeking your views on which public bodies in England should be set targets on the number of apprentices working for them.

Updated: Added government response to the consultation and a summary of the responses we received.

We’re inviting comments on the proposed list of public bodies to be set targets related to the number of apprentices working for them.

The Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will be able to set targets because of a change to the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. This change is set out in the Enterprise Bill. The bodies in scope and the target itself will be set out in regulations.

Public bodies will have a duty to publish information annually on progress towards meeting the target and send this information to the Secretary of State.

The consultation will be of interest to all public sector organisations. We welcome all views but particularly from those public bodies we propose are in scope.

Apprenticeship policy is a devolved matter in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This consultation only applies to England.




Closed consultation: Accelerated courses and switching university or degree: call for evidence

2016-12-20T16:02:09+00:00

We’re interested in how switching university or degree course can be made easier, and how we can have more accelerated degrees.

Updated: Added the findings from the call for evidence.

We want to gauge demand from students for more switching between universities and degree courses. We also want to know more about demand for accelerated degrees. We are interested in getting a better understanding of the barriers that currently prevent both types of more flexible approach from working effectively.

We welcome responses from across the higher education sector, including universities, student bodies, and especially students responding as individuals.




Consultation outcome: Developing an insolvency regime for the further education and sixth-form sector

2016-10-27T09:31:28+01:00

We are seeking views on proposals for setting up an insolvency regime for further education institutions and sixth-form colleges.

Updated: Added the government's response.

This consultation seeks comments on the 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, giving extra protection to ensure continuity of service.

The insolvency regime would be designed to:

  • protect learners from disruption to their courses
  • help the rehabilitation of a college, where possible
  • provide an orderly wind-up procedure if a college becomes insolvent

We are proposing insolvency procedures for colleges in line with those given to companies under the Insolvency Act 1986, including administration and liquidation.

The consultation will be of interest to:

  • further education and sixth form colleges, their staff and students
  • creditors of further education and sixth form colleges



Consultation outcome: Teaching Excellence Framework: year 2 - technical consultation

2016-09-29T12:13:33+01:00

We're seeking your views on the operation of the Teaching Excellence Framework in year 2, including the assessment framework and process.

Updated: Added government response.

This consultation is seeking views on the detailed proposals for the operation of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in year 2, including:

  • how the TEF will assess teaching excellence
  • the criteria that will define teaching excellence
  • how judgements about excellence will be made, including the evidence base and use of core metrics
  • how TEF outcomes will be communicated

This technical consultation should be read with the government’s white paper. It sets out the broad delivery framework for the TEF across years 1 to 4 and covers the operation of the TEF in year 1.

See also, Teaching Excellence Framework: interim review of data sources.




Consultation outcome: Further education maintenance loans (technical and professional)

2016-09-09T10:57:17+01:00

We're seeking your views on proposals to introduce maintenance loans for higher-level learners in technical and professional education.

Updated: Added the government's response.

We’re proposing maintenance loans for higher-level learners in technical and professional education. This includes the new National Colleges and learning at the emerging Institutes of Technology. We want to remove the up-front cost and increase the uptake of technical and professional learning in sectors that are important to the economy.

We’ll use evidence gathered through this consultation to make decisions on:

  • whether introducing the loans would increase take up
  • scope of the loans
  • eligibility to receive the loans

We would like views from colleges and independent providers in the further education sector, including National Colleges, higher education institutions and other interested bodies.




Consultation outcome: Switching suppliers – making it easy for consumers

2016-05-25T09:30:15+01:00

We're asking consumers to share their experiences on switching suppliers and how the process could be improved.

Updated: Added government response.

This call for evidence asks consumers to share their experiences on switching suppliers and how the process could be improved. We welcome any views and experiences of switching suppliers for:

  • energy
  • telecommunications
  • banking (current accounts)

The call for evidence proposes 6 principles which suppliers should follow to make switching easier for consumers.

We’re also interested in the views of regulators and industry on the barriers to implementing these principles in their sectors.




Consultation outcome: Higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice

2016-05-16T11:19:58+01:00

We're seeking your views on our proposed next steps for higher education reform.

Updated: Added summary of responses and the outcome. Added a link to the government response (white paper).

This green paper sets out proposals to change the higher education landscape.

We’re seeking views on proposals to:

  • introduce a Teaching Excellence Framework that will deliver better value for money for students, employers and taxpayers
  • increase access and success in higher education participation for those from disadvantaged and under-represented groups
  • create a new single gateway for entry and create a create common system for all providers
  • establish a new Office for Students to promote the student interest and ensure value for money, and to reduce the regulatory burden on the sector

The consultation also considers the implications of the proposals on the research landscape.

As part of his independent review Lord Stern is also seeking views on the Research Excellence Framework.




Consultation outcome: Adult further education: measuring success - detailed proposals

2016-05-12T10:30:28+01:00

We’re seeking views on detailed proposals for using and publishing new outcome based success measures for adult further education.

Updated: Added feedback and government response.

This consultation sets out detailed proposals for using new outcome based measures of performance for publicly funded post-19 education and skills, excluding higher education. It builds on the findings of our earlier consultation published in August 2014.

The consultation looks at:

  • using the measures for accountability and intervention as part of the minimum standards framework
  • how local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and local authorities can use the new measures as part of local outcome agreements with providers
  • how we might best present and publish the measures to help learners, employers, LEPs and providers

A new set of experimental data on these measures is published alongside this consultation.




Consultation outcome: Tips, gratuities, cover and service charges: call for evidence

2016-05-02T00:15:20+01:00

We're asking for your evidence on how employers pass on tips, gratuities, cover and service charges to their employees.

Updated: Added summary of responses and outcome.

The payment of tips, gratuities, cover and service charges is commonplace. 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 for evidence is to gather information on how tips are collected and current tipping practices. In particular, we’re seeking your views on the role for government in ensuring greater transparency and limiting the amount an employer can keep.




Consultation outcome: Student support for non-UK nationals who have lived in the UK for a long time

2016-04-26T10:37:46+01:00

We’re seeking views on plans to extend support to students who don’t have settled status, but who have lived in the UK for a long time.

Updated: Added government response and equality impact analysis.

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 judgment required the government to consider adopting more tailored eligibility criteria for those without settled status. This new criteria will avoid breaching the rights of similar applicants.




Consultation outcome: Pubs Code and adjudicator: fees, enforcement and other parts of the code

2016-04-14T16:56:56+01:00

We’re seeking your views on provisions on repairs and maintenance, the information provided to tenants and extended code protections.

Updated: Added government response.

We will be introducing a statutory Pubs Code to govern the relationship between businesses that own 500 or more tied pubs and their tied tenants. We will also introduce an independent Pubs Code adjudicator to enforce the code.

We’re consulting on these measures in 2 parts. See part one of the consultation.

In this part we’re seeking your views on:

  • the type and timing of information provided to tied tenants
  • repair and maintenance obligations
  • types of agreement outside the scope of some or all of the code, such as genuine franchises and some short-term agreements and tenancies at will
  • adjudicator fees and the maximum financial penalty for breaches of the code
  • extended code protection
  • our plans to ensure we fulfil the objectives of a parallel rent assessment (PRA) in relation to the market rent only (MRO) option and requirements to provide information in relation to a tied rent offer
  • the rent assessment trigger for the MRO option and in particular whether to remove the rent increase condition

You can respond to both parts of this consultation in a single response.




Consultation outcome: Pubs Code and adjudicator: market rent only option and rent assessments

2016-04-14T16:56:54+01:00

We're seeking your views on how we implement the new Pubs Code, including the market rent only option and arrangements for rent assessments.

Updated: Added government response.

We will be introducing a statutory Pubs Code to govern the relationship between businesses that own 500 or more tied pubs and their tied tenants. We will also introduce an independent adjudicator to enforce the code.

The Pubs Code is required as part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. The act means that the code must include a market rent only (MRO) option entitling tied tenants to be:

  • offered (at certain trigger points) the opportunity to pay only a market rent for their pub
  • free-of-tie for all products and services other than insurance

These measures will be introduced through secondary legislation.

We’re consulting on these measures in 2 parts. See part 2 of the consultation.

In this part we’re seeking your views on the MRO option including:

  • disputes arising in relation to the MRO process
  • the waiver from MRO in return for significant investment
  • arrangements for rent assessments



Consultation outcome: Graduate labour market statistics: content and frequency of future releases

2016-04-14T10:00:04+01:00

We're seeking views from users of the graduate labour market statistics on the frequency and content of future releases.

Updated: Added government response.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) produces graduate labour market statistics (GLMS). GLMS is published every quarter. It provides information on graduate, postgraduate and non-graduate outcomes by different age group for England. The breakdowns include employment rates, unemployment rates and gross median annual earnings.

We’re seeking information on:

  • who uses the GLMS and for what purpose
  • how BIS can make the GLMS more useful
  • users’ views on the future frequency and content of the GLMS, including the proposal to release the statistics on an annual rather than quarterly basis



Consultation outcome: WEEE compliance fee methodology: evaluation of proposals (2015)

2016-04-13T16:40:29+01:00

We’re asking for views on proposals for a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) compliance fee methodology.

Updated: Added outcome of the consultation and feedback.

Following a consultation in 2013, we implemented the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) target and compliance fee system. In July 2015, we invited stakeholders to submit proposals for how the compliance fee should work. We are now publishing these proposals and asking for views.

We particularly want views from:

  • producers
  • approved, authorised treatment facilities (AATFs)
  • producer compliance schemes (PCSs)
  • local authorities
  • waste management companies
  • re-use sector



Consultation outcome: Devolving Sunday trading rules

2016-03-09T12:00:01+00:00

We're seeking your views on whether the government should devolve Sunday trading rules to local areas.

Updated: Impact assessment published.

Stores with a relevant floor area of over 280 square metres / 3000 square feet (large stores) have restricted opening hours on a Sunday, but smaller stores can open all day.

We’re seeking your views on whether the government should devolve Sunday trading rules to local areas, such as cities run by elected mayors and/or local authorities. This would give them greater control of their local economy and improve the wellbeing of local citizens.

We will not make any changes to the restrictions on trading on Christmas Day or Easter Sunday.




Consultation outcome: Higher education living cost support: EU nationals' residency requirements

2016-03-01T11:37:03+00:00

Proposal to extend the residency requirement from 3 to 5 years, before EU nationals can receive higher education living cost support.

Updated: Added public feedback and final outcome.

We want to know your views on a proposal to extend the current residency requirement for EU nationals in England from 3 years to 5 years, before they can receive higher education living cost support.

We want to continue to attract EU students to our higher education institutions, as overseas students bring substantial benefits to the UK. We propose to extend the residency requirement for EU nationals. This will bring England in line with the majority of the other EU countries that offer support, and reduce pressure on the student funding budget.




Consultation outcome: Recruitment sector: changes to the regulatory framework including stopping EEA-only recruitment

2016-02-25T14:39:33+00:00

We’re asking for your views on proposed changes to the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations.

Updated: Added government response.

This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations.

We intend to keep regulations which provide protection for work-seekers, but remove some business to business regulation and simplify the legislation where possible.

We propose to ban employment agencies and businesses from recruiting solely from other European Economic Area (EEA) countries without advertising in Great Britain.




Consultation outcome: Limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and qualifying partnerships: deregulatory changes

2016-02-19T14:46:28+00:00

We're seeking your views on proposed changes to financial reporting for limited liability partnerships and qualifying partnerships.

Updated: Added government response.

We’re seeking your views on proposed deregulatory changes for limited liability partnerships and qualifying partnerships.

To put the EU Accounting Directive in place, we made changes to the financial reporting framework for companies. These changes reduced regulation and administration. We propose introducing similar changes to financial reporting for LLPs and qualifying partnerships to:

  • make sure LLPs can benefit from the same reporting process
  • maintain consistency across business sectors

These changes include raising the thresholds for LLPs currently classed as small, and introducing a new ‘micro-entity regime’ for qualifying partnerships and the smallest of LLPs.




Consultation outcome: Employment Tribunal postponement procedures

2016-02-11T14:00:48+00:00

We want your views on proposed changes to Employment Tribunal postponements rules, to help reduce delays and costs in the process.

Updated: Added government response.

We believe workplace disputes are best resolved outside the formalities of an Employment Tribunal. Where that isn’t possible, we want to provide a more efficient Tribunal service for all users. Stakeholders have raised concerns about unnecessary and short notice postponements. These can increase the length of the process and lead to extra costs for those involved.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, we’ll use the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment (SBEE) Bill to allow us to change existing rules and create new rules on Employment Tribunal postponement procedures.

This consultation seeks views and comments on the content of the new rules, together with views on the costs of postponements. This will inform our forthcoming impact assessment.




Consultation outcome: Purchasing goods and services: protection of small businesses

2016-02-02T09:30:24+00:00

We're asking for evidence on whether micro and/or small businesses are sufficiently protected when purchasing goods and services.

Updated: Added government response.

We have extended the deadline for responses until 30 June 2015.

We’re asking for evidence on whether:

  • the current legislative framework for the sale and supply of goods and services to micro and/or small businesses sufficiently protects them
  • there’s a gap in the law

If there is evidence of a gap in the law, we would also like evidence on whether there are:

  • potential impacts on costs and benefits of applying certain consumer protections to micro and/or small businesses
  • other options

We are interested in hearing from:

  • individual firms and their representatives
  • trade bodies
  • research and academic organisations
  • others with experience of analysis in this area

Submissions should be backed up with strong and clear evidence to support any views offered.




Consultation outcome: Posted Workers Enforcement Directive

2016-01-28T12:06:01+00:00

We’re seeking your views on proposals for how the government will comply with the Posted Workers Enforcement Directive.

Updated: Added government response, impact assessment and summary of responses received.

A posted worker is a worker who carries out his work for a limited period of time in an EU member state other than that in which he normally works. Posted workers are not the same as migrant workers who, of their own accord, move between member states to seek work and are employed there.

We’re seeking views on proposals for how the government will comply with the obligations in the Posted Workers Enforcement Directive. Among those who may wish to respond are business representative bodies and trade unions.




Consultation outcome: Ballot thresholds in important public services

2016-01-21T09:30:06+00:00

We’re seeking your views on what occupations should be included in the 40% important public services ballot threshold.

Updated: Added government response.

The government is introducing a new 40% ballot threshold for taking industrial action in important public services. This means industrial action in those areas will need the support of at least 40% of those entitled to vote.

This consultation seeks evidence on whom within the fire, health, education, transport, border security, and nuclear decommissioning sectors should be subject to the new threshold.




Consultation outcome: Labour market exploitation: improving enforcement

2016-01-12T09:30:15+00:00

We’re seeking views on proposals to improve the enforcement of employment rights to prevent non-compliance and the exploitation of vulnerable workers.

Updated: Added government response, equality analysis and summary of responses.

This consultation seeks views on a range of proposals to improve the effectiveness of the enforcement of employment rights to protect workers from exploitation.

These include:

  • establishing a statutory Director of Labour Market Enforcement
  • creating a new offence of an aggravated breach of labour market legislation
  • increasing intelligence and data sharing between the existing enforcement bodies
  • widening the remit, increasing the powers and changing the name of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to enable it to deal with serious exploitation

It will be of interest to employers, employees, trade unions and business representative bodies.




Consultation outcome: Company ownership and control: register implementation

2015-12-17T14:05:57+00:00

We're seeking views on draft legislation detailing how the register of people with significant control over a company should work.

Updated: Updated with final outcome.

Our consultation in October 2014 asked for views on how the register of people with significant control (the ‘PSC register’) would work in practice. We used responses to that consultation to inform development of the regulations included in this further consultation.

We’re now asking for views on the draft secondary regulations needed to set up the register. This includes:

  • the companies required to keep a register
  • how to classify people’s different levels of control of a company
  • the fees a company may charge for providing a copy of its own PSC register
  • how to protect PSC information about people if they are at serious risk of physical harm
  • warning and restrictions notices to people or entities that don’t respond to the initial notice requesting information for the register

We’ve drafted the regulations so that the register is as simple as possible for companies to comply with, without creating unnecessary burdens. We want the register to operate effectively, without opening loopholes that can be exploited. We’ll use the responses received to help finalise the draft regulations to be laid before Parliament in autumn 2015.




Consultation outcome: Competition regime: Competition and Markets Authority - government's strategic priorities

2015-12-02T11:37:46+00:00

We are seeking views on the government’s proposed new strategic steer to outline the priorities for the CMA during this parliament.

Updated: Added government response and summary of feedback received.

When the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was established the government issued a non-binding ministerial statement of strategic priorities (the steer) outlining the government’s aims for the CMA.

The steer provides a clear statement of how the government sees competition fitting with its wider objectives for the economy. It sits alongside the CMA’s accountability framework and its legal duties.

This consultation is on the government’s new steer to outline the strategic priorities for the CMA during this parliament. We are seeking views on the general approach and the length of time the steer should be in place for.

The consultation was announced as part of the action plan to boost the UK’s productivity.




Consultation outcome: Disabled students in higher education: funding proposals

2015-12-02T11:26:45+00:00

Seeks information to help us direct the funding for disabled students in higher education more effectively.

Updated: Added government response and equality analysis.

We want information and evidence to help us direct funding for disabled students in higher education (HE) more effectively. We want to balance the support available for all disabled students from HE providers, and that available from Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).

The consultation is relevant to:

  • HE providers
  • disabled HE students (current and prospective)
  • stakeholders working with disabled students in HE or wishing to enter HE
  • disability charities
  • advocacy organisations working with disabled people
  • DSAs assessment centres
  • non-medical help suppliers

The questions only relate to HE students entitled to receive support from Student Finance England.




Consultation outcome: Postgraduate study: student loans and other support

2015-11-25T13:37:21+00:00

We're seeking views on proposals to introduce loans for postgraduate taught master's degrees and to improve support for research students.

Updated: Added government response and analysis of responses.

We want to know your views on a proposed loan system for postgraduate taught master’s students. Under the scheme, anyone under 30 who is eligible and accepted to study will be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,000.

The evidence and responses will inform the design and final terms of the proposed loan scheme.

We are also seeking views and evidence on how we can improve support for postgraduate research students.




Consultation outcome: Freezing the student loan repayment threshold

2015-11-25T13:37:19+00:00

We're seeking your views on keeping the student loan repayment threshold at £21,000 for 5 years.

Updated: Added the government response, including summary of responses, and the equality analysis.

We are consulting to gather views on a proposal to keep the student loan repayment threshold at the same level for 5 years.

This new proposal was announced in the Budget on 8 July. The government wants to ensure higher education remains open and affordable to students, graduates and taxpayers in the long-term.




Consultation outcome: Apprenticeships levy: employer owned apprenticeships training

2015-11-25T13:37:17+00:00

We're inviting views on our proposal to implement an apprenticeships levy on employers.

Updated: Added government response.

We’re inviting comments on our proposal to introduce an apprenticeship levy. The levy will enable employers to choose and pay for apprenticeship training.

We’re seeking your views on:

  • how to pay the levy
  • how the levy should work for employers who operate across the whole of the UK
  • how to make sure that employers paying the levy have the opportunity to get more out than they put in
  • how best to give employers control of apprenticeships

This consultation covers the implementation of the levy. More detail on the levy rate and scope will be provided later in the year.

We particularly welcome views from employers, business organisations, training organisations and anyone with a vested interest.




Consultation outcome: Furniture fire safety regulations: proposed amendments

2015-11-12T10:11:52+00:00

Proposed changes to the UK's furniture flammability laws to improve safety, make UK furniture greener and bring savings to industry.

Updated: Added responses.

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery.

This consultation sets out the government’s intention to change the specification for the match test and the requirements for the cigarette test (both for covering fabrics) in the regulations.




Consultation outcome: Tackling intimidation of non-striking workers

2015-11-03T16:17:18+00:00

We're seeking your views on how to tackle the intimidation of non-striking workers during industrial disputes.

Updated: Added government response.

The government is reforming and modernising the rules for picketing. We’re seeking your views on:

  • whether the code of practice on picketing should cover use of social media and be extended to include guidance on protests linked to industrial disputes
  • whether there are other practices for picketing that should be legally enforceable
  • whether there are gaps in the current legal framework that applies to picketing and associated protests
  • proposals that aim to improve union transparency and accountability for picketing and associated protests

We also invite evidence of intimidatory behaviour experienced during industrial disputes.




Consultation outcome: Auditor regulation: effects of the EU and wider reforms

2015-10-28T14:30:08+00:00

Discussion document on the implications of the EU and wider reforms of statutory auditor regulation.

Updated: Added summary of responses.

This discussion document asks for your views on a range of reforms to the regulatory framework for statutory audit.

Within the context of the new European Union audit reforms (Directive 2014/56/EU and Regulation No 537/2014), this document looks at the legislative and non-legislative changes needed to:

  • improve standards for the audit of public interest entities (PIEs)
  • improve confidence in the independence of auditors
  • avoid excessive concentration in the audit market
  • make audit reporting more informative

The document looks at the structure for regulation, oversight and standards. It takes into account:

  • the new European requirements
  • recent Competition and Markets Authority measures and recommendations
  • wider work underway to refine technical and ethical standards

After consideration of responses to this discussion document next year, we will run a formal consultation on detailed proposals to change the audit regulatory regime.

The closing date for responses to this discussion document has been extended from 19 February to 19 March. This is to allow interested groups more time to develop as full a response as possible on the issues considered.

You can find important legal information about the auditor tendering and rotation framework in the supplementary information document.




Consultation outcome: Consumer protection: copycat packaging - call for evidence

2015-10-13T12:00:03+01:00

Review considering the case for allowing businesses to take civil action against copycat packaging.

Updated: Added public feedback and the government's response.

We are conducting a 6 month limited review of The Consumer Protection Regulations from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The review considers the case for granting businesses the power of civil injunction in relation to ‘copycat packaging’. Copycat packaging is when packaging is designed to give a product the ‘look and feel’ of a competing well-known brand.




Consultation outcome: Small Business Commissioner role

2015-10-07T16:20:20+01:00

We’re asking for views on our proposals to establish a Small Business Commissioner to help small business resolve supply chain disputes with other larger businesses.

Updated: Added summary of responses.

This discussion paper sets out the government’s current understanding of the problems that small businesses face and our thinking about possible solutions. We want to know your views, further evidence about the problems and how the proposed Commissioner can help.

The Commissioner’s services will enable smaller firms to resolve disputes with other businesses quickly and easily. This will preserve important commercial relationships without the need to go to court.

Its main functions will be:

  • providing information, general advice and signposting
  • offering mediation to resolve disputes
  • dealing with complaints



Consultation outcome: Protecting the term apprenticeship

2015-09-21T00:15:02+01:00

We're consulting about legislation to protect the term ‘apprenticeship’ from misuse.

Updated: Added government response and summary of responses.

We’re asking for further evidence on the problems identified around the misuse of the term ‘apprenticeship’. We invite responses to a number of potential actions government can take to address them, particularly the proposed legislation in the Enterprise Bill.




Consultation outcome: EU Accounting Directive: financial reporting

2015-09-17T09:41:20+01:00

We’re asking for views on how to implement the reduced disclosure requirements in the EU Accounting Directive.

Updated: Added link to final legislation

The EU Accounting Directive 2013/34/EU consolidates existing legislation on financial reporting. It also aims to reduce government regulatory control on smaller companies.

We want industry views on how we should implement the propopals in chapters 1 to 9 of the Directive. This is about reducing the amount of information member states can ask smaller companies to place in their annual statutory accounts. The changes must take effect by March 2015.

BIS has also consulted separately on Chapter 10 of Directive 2013/34/EU on new reporting requirements for large companies in the extractive industries.




Consultation outcome: Competition Appeal Tribunal: rules of procedure review

2015-09-08T09:00:16+01:00

We’re asking for views on recommendations from Sir John Mummery's independent review of the Competition Appeal Tribunal rules of procedure.

Updated: Added feedback and government response.

We asked the Rt Hon Sir John Mummery to lead an independent review of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) rule of procedure. The aim of the review was to provide new improved rules to support the appeals process. This was against a background of reforms to competition law and the proposed changes in the Consumer Rights Bill.

Sir John has made improvements to the existing rules. He has also made several recommendations designed to ensure that the CAT continues to operate in an effective and efficient manner.

We welcome your views on these recommendations.

You’re also invited to an open meeting to discuss any concerns you may have, or to ask questions about this consultation before responding.

Venue:

BIS Conference Centre
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H OET

Dates:

  • Monday 9 March 2015, 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Thursday 12 March 2015, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Email Sandra McNeish (sandra.mcneish@bis.gsi.gov.uk) to confirm your place and preferred date by Wednesday 18 February 2015. Owing to space constraints, we ask for no more than 1 attendee from each organisation.




Consultation outcome: Invoice finance: nullifying the ban on invoice assignment contract clauses

2015-08-09T12:00:12+01:00

We’re asking for views on our proposals to nullify bans on invoice assignment terms in business to business commercial contracts.

Updated: Added government response.

Invoice finance allows a business to give the right to future payment to a finance provider in exchange for a loan up to the full value of the invoice. It can provide a vital source of finance if a business has to wait a long time between completing a job and receiving payment.

The ban on invoice assignment is often part of a more general ban on an assignment clause in the contract to stop a supplier from sub-contracting. As a result, a business’ access to invoice finance is often unintentionally restricted.

In December 2013, we published our discussion paper Building a responsible payment culture. This asked whether removing contractual barriers to selling invoices would be helpful to small businesses by increasing their access to different finance options. The majority of respondents agreed that it would be helpful.

We announced in the government response that we would legislate to remove these barriers to financing. Clauses 1 and 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill provide the broad legislative power to do this.

We propose to introduce a regulation that would nullify any bans on invoice assignment terms in business to business commercial contracts. We want to know your views on our proposals, the draft regulations and the costs and benefits of the measure on both companies and the invoice finance market.




Consultation outcome: Pre-licensing register of arms brokers: call for evidence

2015-07-31T00:15:01+01:00

How arms brokering is currently controlled and seeking views on the potential benefits and costs of a pre-licensing register.

Updated: Published the government's response to the call for evidence.

This call for evidence sets out how brokering is currently controlled and seeks views on the potential benefits and costs of a pre-licensing register.

We are considering whether a register should be established and how various models of a register might work. We are looking at a range of possible elements of a register to help us decide which, if any, might be suitable to bring forward as a formal proposal. We also seek views on whether any of these elements might be implemented on a stand-alone basis, without creating a formal register.

The call for evidence is aimed at all those with an interest in arms brokering:

  • brokers
  • defence manufacturers and contractors
  • businesses providing services, for example insurance or transport
  • NGOs who campaign on this issue and others in civil society