Upcoming policy consultations

This page is intended as a source for members to keep up-to-date with open policy consultations that may be of interest to members. It is not an exhaustive list of on-going consultations. It is usually updated weekly on a Thursday. 

Government Consultations

 Department Consultation Closing Date
Office for National Statistics [participation activity] SRS and IDS annual user experience survey 2024 16 April 2024
Welsh Government Children missing education database 25 April 2024
Department for Education Personal, social and employability (PSE) qualifications: national standards consultation 20 May 2024
Office for National Statistics [participation activity] User needs from producer price inflation statistics 22 May 2024
Department for Culture, Media and Sport DCMS social surveys consultation 23 May 2024
Department for Transport Adapting the UK’s transport system to the impacts of climate change 31 May 2024
Ofsted Ofsted Big Listen 31 May 2024
Committee on Standards in Public Life Accountability within Public Bodies: terms of reference 14 June 2024

Parliamentary Consultations

 Committee Inquiry Closing Date
Environmental Audit Committee Climate change and security 29 April 2024
Public Accounts Committee Use of artificial intelligence in government 3 May 2024
European Affairs Committee UK-EU data adequacy 3 May 2024
Conduct Committee Code of Conduct for Members and the Guide to the Code of Conduct 3 May 2024
Science and Technology Committee (Lords) Engineering biology 7 May 2024
Public Accounts Committee NHS England’s modelling for the Long-Term Workforce Plan 22 May 2024
Welsh Parliament Implementation of education reforms 31 December 2025

Responding to government consultations can be a useful way for the RSS to influence policy and inform the public debate. At the same time, the government consults on a large number of things and its openness to feedback varies significantly. This means that it does not make sense for the RSS to respond as an organisation to every consultation that might be relevant. We will look to respond organisationally when one or more of the following apply:

  • There is a statistical or data issue that is central and the RSS’s response can highlight and explain the importance of it
  • The issue is especially newsworthy and our comms team would be able to promote our recommendations to the media, and expose our arguments to a wider audience
  • A fundamental principle is at stake and it is important that we advocate for it.

If, based on this, you think that the RSS should be responding to a consultation, please contact policy@rss.org.uk to let us know.

Otherwise, members are encouraged to respond to consultations either collectively or individually. If the response is being coordinated by the committee of a section or special interest group, you can (with the permission of the chair) submit the response as an RSS section. If you are responding as an individual, you can refer to your membership of the RSS.

Please do not present your response as the RSS’s position.

If you do respond to a consultation and would like to share your response with our policy team, we would be keen to be informed of your views. We would be especially grateful to see any responses submitted by sections or special interest groups.