Network based systems

Ongoing government consultations – September 2022

A brief summary of ongoing government consultations that may be of interest to RSN members. This is not an exhaustive list of all relevant consultations.
– Download a printable version of the government consultations here
Consultation on social housing rents – Department of Planning, Housing and Communities

The government is seeking views on a draft directive to the social housing regulator. The directive would require the regulator to set a regulatory rent standard that will apply to registered social housing providers. This includes:

  • Registered private providers (including housing associations)
  • Local authority registered providers (i.e. local authorities with retained housing stock)

Section 197 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 gives the Secretary of State the power to direct the social housing regulator to set a standard on rent and the content of that standard. Once issued, an instruction is binding on the regulator. The government proposes to use this power to issue a new directive to the rent regulator. The proposed directive was published alongside this consultation.

This consultation closes on October 12, 2022.

Consultation on social housing rents – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Land Rights and Permits for Power Grid Infrastructure: Call for Evidence – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

This call for evidence seeks opinions on current land rights and permitting processes for power grid infrastructure. We want to understand if current processes are fit for purpose or if they act as a barrier to building power grid infrastructure. We are seeking feedback on what improvements could be made. This call for evidence will confirm the scope of our review and whether reform is needed.

This consultation closes on September 15, 2022.

Land rights and permits for power grid infrastructure: call for evidence – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


A Decent Homes Standard in the private rental sector: consultation – Department for Leveling Up, Housing & Communities

This consultation seeks views on the introduction and application of a decent housing standard in the private rental sector in England.

The government says: “This will improve parity with the social rented sector where a decent housing standard has been in place since 2001. The system will also be fairer for good landlords by ensuring that those who do not treat their tenants fairly will not can no longer get away with, tarnishing the reputation of the sector as a whole.

This consultation closes on October 14, 2022.

A Decent Homes Standard in the private rental sector: consultation – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Consultation on the English part of the financing of dormant assets – Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The government has launched a consultation to gather opinions on the major social or environmental objectives of the English part of the financing of dormant assets.

The public consultation follows the passage of the Dormant Assets Act 2022 earlier this year, which extended the Dormant Assets Scheme to a wider range of sectors. The expansion potentially frees up around £880m for good causes across the UK, of which £738m will be made available to England over time.

Amid the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and pressures on the cost of living, the government is seeking feedback on how the scheme can have the biggest impact in England over the next few years. The consultation will indicate which major social and/or environmental causes should be prescribed in future secondary legislation. It solicits specific opinions on four causes – youth, financial inclusion, social investment, and community wealth funds – and welcomes suggestions for any other social or environmental causes the government should consider. They are particularly interested in hearing from local communities, current and potential participants, civil society organizations and anyone interested.

The closing date for this consultation is October 9, 2022.

Consultation on the English part of the financing of dormant assets – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Electricity Market Arrangements Review – Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This review of electricity market arrangements will identify the reforms needed to transition to a low-carbon, cost-effective and secure electricity system.

This consultation is seeking views on a range of options to deliver a sustainable electricity market framework that will work for business, industry and households.

This consultation closes on October 10, 2022.

Review of electricity market arrangements – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Development of a tourist accommodation registration system in England – Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The government is calling for evidence on the benefits and challenges presented by the increase in short-term and holiday rentals seen in England over the past 10-15 years. This will inform the development of appropriate policy options, which the government intends to consult on later in 2022.

The UK Government’s Tourism Recovery Plan has pledged to consult on the introduction of a tourist accommodation registration system in England. The purpose of this call for evidence is to gather the information and data needed to develop proportionate and evidence-based policy options for this consultation.

This consultation closes on September 21, 2022.

Development of a tourist accommodation registration system in England – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)



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