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.

Government Consultations

 Department Consultation Closing Date
Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy Smart meter targets framework: churn adjustments 20 January 2022
Department for Education Teachers’ pension scheme: proposed changes to scheme regulations 24 January 2022
Ofqual Technical consultation on regulating Digital Functional Skills qualifications 27 January 2022
Ministry of Justice Human Rights Act Reform: A Modern Bill of Rights 5 March 2022
The Scottish Government, Cabinet Office, Central Digital and Data Office Digital Economy Act 2017: Scottish Early Learning and Childcare 7 March 2022
Cabinet Office Disability workforce reporting consultation 25 March 2022


Parliamentary Consultations

 Committee Inquiry Closing Date
Education Committee The future of post-16 qualifications 20 January 2022
Science and Technology Committee The right to privacy: digital data 28 January 2022
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Common Framework Scrutiny: Public health protection and health security 21 February 2022
Public Accounts Committee Supporting local economic growth 23 February 2022
Public Accounts Committee Use of evaluation and financial modelling in Government 2 March 2022


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.