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
Ofqual Consultation on the general qualifications alternative awarding framework 11 March 2021
Ofqual Regulatory arrangements for the awarding of vocational and technical and other general qualifications in 2020-2021 11 March 2021
HM Treasury Consultation on reduction and consolidation of HMRC statistics publications 12 March 2021
Competitions and Markets Authority Algorithms, competition and consumer harm: call for information 16 March 2021
Department for Education High needs national funding formula – proposed changes 24 March 2021
Office for Tax Simplification Making tax easier through smarter use of third party data 9 April 2021
HM Treasury Increasing the normal minimum pension age: consultation on implementation 22 April 2021
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy UK internal market: the continuity of exclusions from the principles of mutual recognition and non-discrimination for services 23 April 2021


Parliamentary Consultations

 Committee Inquiry Closing Date
International Agreements Committee Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) 12 March 2021
Public Accounts Committee Covid-19: Education 18 March 2021
International Development Committee The philosophy and culture of aid 18 March 2021
Health and Social Care Department’s White Paper on health and social care 23 March 2021
Transport Committee The roll-out and safety of smart motorways 9 April 2021
Work and Pensions Committee Protecting pension savers: five years on from the Pension Freedoms: Accessing pension savings 14 April 2021


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.