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.


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

Consultation Deadline
Period Dignity Strategic Action Plan 12 January 2022
Childcare and parental employment: the pandemic and beyond 14 November 2021
Local taxes for second homes and self-catering accommodation 17 November 2021
Removal of eligible care leavers workers liability for payment of council tax 12 November 2021
Ending homelessness: a high level action plan 2021 to 2026 12 November 2021
Marine Strategy Part Three: UK proposal for programme of measures 29 November 2021
LGBTQ+ Action Plan 22 October 2021
Using national milestones and indicators to measure our nation’s progress 26 October 2021
Welsh Government Draft Budget 2022-23 26 November 2021
Assessment arrangements: subordinate legislation resultant of the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Act 2021 31 October 2021
Boundary Commission for Wales 03 November 2021
Home fee status for students from the Crown Dependencies 25 October 2021


An archive of WCVA’s consultation responses.

Corporate Joint Committees Regulations (August 2021)

‘It is welcome that the sector can be ‘co-opted’ to a CJC. Any representatives who are co-opted in this way must be offered support and resource to ensure they are able to maximise the impact this role may offer.’

Race Equality Action Plan (July 2021)

‘WCVA is disappointed in how little recognition the Plan offers on the informal volunteering work done by Black, Asian and Minority ethnic individuals for their respective communities.’

The potential of civil society (May 2021)

‘It’s vital that civil society can actively shape the society we want to see.’

Draft Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill (April 2021)

‘The priority must be providing opportunities for fair work to those who have been most disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.’

Rebalancing care and support (February 2021)

‘Foremost to any proposed change is the importance of citizens; those who benefit or are likely to benefit from care and support services whoever is providing them.’

Social Care Market Stability Reports (November 2020)

‘The essential feature is how the Population Needs Assessments are conducted and the ways in which people are involved and how their views, experiences and needs clearly inform the Market Stability Reports.’

Barriers to successful implementation of the Future Generations Act (November 2020)

‘Welsh Government should place the Act up front and central as it ‘builds back better’ from the pandemic.’

Welsh Government draft Budget proposals 2021-22 (November 2020)

‘In order to perform its crucial role within communities both during and postpandemic, and given the loss of income many organisations have suffered, Welsh Government may need to further fund voluntary sector organisations assisting with the recovery.’

A Digital Special Health Authority for Wales (November 2020)

‘The voluntary sector has access to valuable data. We feel strongly that the
DHSA should make use of this information in the planning and development of services, as well as data it makes available as part of its reporting process.’

The impact of Covid-19 on equality and human rights

‘The impacts have served to highlight existing inequalities across society, with many felt more keenly and immediately by people who were already
experiencing income, social and societal disadvantage.’

Leadership principles in health and social care

‘Compassionate leadership should be integral to integration, with the voluntary sector a crucial partner’

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’