Public consultations are a great way for voluntary organisations to influence the areas that they are passionate about.

Governments and other public bodies will open a consultation to seek public views on a piece of work, project, policy or law. Consultations help them to engage with the public, be more transparent and benefit from the expertise of other organisations, such as charities, which are often paving the way in their particular field.

Current consultations

Open consultations from the Assembly, Welsh Government and others. Have your say on what matters to you.

Consultation Source Summary Deadline
Social care market stability reports Welsh Government

We want your views on draft regulations, a code of practice and statutory guidance.

25 November 2020
Our draft priorities for 2021 to 2026 Social Care Wales

This consultation sets out our draft priorities that will produce outcomes that make a difference to people’s lives.

29 October 2020
The Nutrition (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 Welsh Government

We need to amend the Nutrition (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

05 October 2020
Judicial mandatory retirement age: Welsh judicial offices Welsh Government

We want your views on proposals to raise the mandatory retirement age for devolved judicial offices in Wales: the President of Welsh Tribunals and judicial members of the Welsh Tribunals.

16 October 2020
A digital special health authority for Wales Welsh Government

We want your views on the proposed functions of digital health and care Wales

30 November 2020
Amendments to school governance procedures Welsh Government

We want your views on amendments to the regulations for school governing bodies.

23 September 2020
Who gets remembered in public spaces? Welsh Parliament

The Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee is undertaking an inquiry into who gets remembers in public places.

02 October 2020
Reducing single use plastic in Wales Welsh Government We want your views on our proposals to ban nine single use plastic products. 22 October 2020
Education Workforce Council: interim suspension orders Welsh Government We want your views on proposals to give the Education Workforce Council the power to suspend a registrant from the Register of Education Practitioners in Wales as an interim measure. 04 December 2020
Brexit and trade: implications for Wales UK Parliament The Welsh Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry that will look into the implications of the UK-EU trade negotiations for Wales. 30 October 2020
Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill Welsh Parliament The Children, Young People and Education Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the general principles of the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill (‘the Bill’). 29 September 2020
Nannies as childcare providers Welsh Government We want your views on the Approval of Home Childcare Providers (Wales) Scheme 2021. 4 December 2020
Embedding a whole-school approach to mental health and well-being Welsh Government We want your views on framework guidance on embedding a whole-school approach to mental health and emotional well-being. 30 September 2020
Mandatory quality standards for new homes Welsh Government We want your views on replacing the Development Quality Requirements (DQR) with a new standard. 1 November 2020
Inquiry into the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management, on health and social care in Wales Welsh Parliament The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management, on health and social care in Wales. No date
Inquiry into the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on culture, creative industries, heritage, communications and sport Welsh Parliament

The Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the Covid-19 outbreak in Wales.

No date
Impacts of Covid-19: Open Call for evidence and experiences Welsh Parliament The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee is exploring the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on all areas within its remit. Members are interested in the effects of the pandemic; measures taken to slow the spread; and support being offered to help people, companies and other organisations through the pandemic No date
Exiting the European Union: Preparedness in Wales for the end of the transition period Welsh Parliament In line with its remit to examine the implications for Wales of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee is undertaking an inquiry into preparedness in Wales for the end of the transition period (31 December 2020). 31 October 2020
Draft Tertiary Education and Research Bill Welsh Government We want your views on the Draft Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill 4 December 2020
Consultation on the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the agriculture and fisheries sectors, food supply, animal welfare, climate change and the environment Welsh Parliament The Committee is undertaking a consultation on the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the agriculture and fisheries sectors, food supply, animal welfare, climate change and the environment. No date
Representatives for young people, and parents of children, lacking mental capacity Welsh Government We want your views on our proposals for enabling representatives to be used by young people, and parents of children, when they lack capacity. 29 October 2020
Hospital discharge processes Welsh Parliament The  Health, Social Care and Sport Committee would welcome your views as part of its inquiry into hospital discharge processes.  2020
Enabling changes to Welsh tax legislation Welsh Government We want your views on what tools are needed to ensure Welsh Ministers can make changes to Welsh tax legislation at short notice. 15 October 2020
Inquiry into COVID-19 and its impact on matters relating to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s remit Welsh Parliament The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the Covid-19 outbreak in Wales. No date
Scrutiny of Covid-19 and its impact on children and young people (including students in further and higher education) Welsh Parliament The Children, Young People and Education Committee is exploring how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of life for children and young people (including students in further and higher education). No date

 

Our responses

An archive of WCVA’s consultation responses.

Consultation WCVA response
The impact of Covid-19 on the environment and climate change ‘Environmental organisations have, like the majority of sector organisations, suffered severe financial losses during the outbreak. This has hindered their essential work and will continue to do so into the future.’
A framework for regional investment in Wales ‘A delivery model integrating a mix of national, regional and local led investment and activity is needed to achieve the preferred outcomes.’
Covid-19 and its impact on health and social services ‘Communities have come together quickly, often without formal structures, to assist with  services. This freedom has empowered communities to come up with their own solutions
to meet problems and gaps in support.’
Wales and the Shared Prosperity Fund The Structural funds have had a substantial impact on the third sector in Wales and subsequently those individuals who are the hardest to reach, and our most disadvantaged communities.’
The impact of Covid-19 on the Welsh economy ‘The voluntary sector will continue to need long-term financial support to play its part in the recovery of the economy.’
The Circular Economy Strategy ‘A long-term shift in behaviour needs to be encouraged to help procurers have more regard for reuse and recycling of materials.’
A Workforce Strategy for Health and Social Care ‘We agree that the status quo is not an option and that current health and social care systems are unsustainable.’
Strengthening Social Partnerships ‘”An inclusive economy in which everyone can thrive and no-one is left behind” is an admirable vision, but we have doubts about this Bill being able to achieve that.’
The draft International Strategy ‘We would have liked to have seen more involvement of voluntary organisations in the development of the strategy. Effective delivery will now need active involvement across all sectors in Wales.’
A workforce strategy for health and social care ‘It is unclear what is expected and hoped of, and at what level, from the sector.’
Draft Budget 2020-21 proposals ‘We would like Welsh Government to focus on growing an inclusive economy in Wales.’
Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) Wales Bill ‘Co-production, specifically identified as a core principle of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act (2014) and a key feature of a Healthier Wales, is missing from the Bill. It should be integral in ensuring citizens are at the heart of changing or improving provision.’
Measuring a nation’s progress ‘We are concerned that without measuring the impact volunteering has on national progress that it may, consciously or unconsciously, lead Welsh Government and other decision-makers to deprioritise the third sector when it comes to investment’
Loneliness and isolation ‘The social care sector and the third sector need to develop better partnerships’