Consultation - why we do it and how we use it
Updated: 18 May 2013
A consultation is a procedure which enables the public and relevant organisations to help to develop housing strategies and solve problems. The idea is to involve everyone who is affected by the issue and who wants to help find the best solution. Sometimes a consultation will not address a specific problem, but will simply want feedback and opinions on a topic.
Inter-Departmental Review of Housing Adaptations Services:
The Department for Social Development and Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety have started a consultation process on how the adaptations service for people with disabilities can be improved.
If you would like more information please contact Maureen Mawhinney.
|22th May 2013|
Draft Corporate Plan 2013-14 to 2015-16
The format of the corporate plan has changed this year and is a much shorter, and we hope, easier to read version. A more detailed support document is also available.
If you would like more information please contact Janet Thomas
|27th May 2013|
Supporting People - Housing Related Support Strategy
The Housing Executive is carrying out a consultation on a new strategy for housing related support. Responses to the consultation can be made in writing or email.
If you would like more information please contact email@example.com
|24th May 2013|
Equality Impact Assessment: Proposed Changes to the Housing Selection Scheme
Earlier this year the Housing Executive consulted on proposed amendments to the Housing Selection Scheme.
We have initiated a further consultation regarding the equality impacts of the proposed amendments being considered in light of potential changes to the welfare system.
If you would like further information please contact Fiona Neilan
|28th June 2013|
We advise of any new consultations through our Twitter account or Facebook page so you may want to follow them.
Codes of practice on government consultation
The code of practice applies to all UK public consultations by government departments and agencies, including consultations on EU directives.
Though the code does not have legal force, and cannot prevail over statutory or other mandatory external requirements (e.g. under European Community Law), it should otherwise generally be regarded as binding unless Ministers conclude that exceptional circumstances require a departure.
The code contains six criteria. They should be reproduced in all consultation documents. There should be an explanation of any departure from the criteria and confirmation that they have otherwise been followed.
We adhere to the Code of Practice in all our consultations.
When consultation is needed a consultation document is created by the appropriate department. This outlines the topics for discussion and invites views from individuals and groups. Some consultations are aimed at councils or other government bodies. Non-governmental organisations such as charities or community groups may also be asked to take part. The public are always free to contribute to consultations.
Consultations usually last around 3 months, though in some cases they can be open for as little as 6-8 weeks. Consultation periods are generally longer where councils are involved, in order to allow time for the consultation to be added to the relevant agenda.
Once the consultation has been completed, the information is used to create a policy document.
If we feel that a consultation is particularly important to householders we will write to you about it, for example if it deals with your neighbourhood. Some consultations are aimed more at organisations, dealing with topics like homelessness or rural housing. However, we welcome all input.