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​BCC Spending Review and Autumn Budget submission – request for input

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP has launched the Spending Review 2021, which will conclude on Wednesday 27 October 2021 alongside an Autumn Budget and set out the UK government’s spending priorities for the Parliament.

The three-year review will set UK government departments’ resource and capital budgets for 2022-23 to 2024-25 and the devolved administrations’ block grants for the same period. There is a deadline of 30 September for representations. If you wish to provide any input into BCC’s consultation response please send to Suren Thiru by COP on Friday 24 September.

​FE college and school governance opportunities

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The Department for Education (DfE) is supporting Further EducatIon (FE) colleges and schools to recruit skilled and experienced professionals from business to their governing boards.

These opportunities may be of particular interest to mid-career employees, including those on targeted development programmes for underrepresented groups. Please promote these opportunities throughout your organisations and see further information available here and here.

​Call for Evidence on Dispute Resolution extended

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The UK Ministry of Justice has extended the deadline for responses to its Call for Evidence on Dispute Resolution until Sunday 31 October, seeking information on experiences of alternative (to court) dispute resolution processes. Chambers who wish to respond directly should do so ahead of this deadline.

​Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) Q3 data due by 16 September

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The fieldwork for the Chamber Network’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) for Q3 2021 began on Monday 23 August. Please submit your data to Stuart Morrison by Thursday 16 September. Since the COVID-19 crisis, the QES has consistently demonstrated the scale of impact on UK businesses. The survey has been essential in understanding the short and longer-terms impacts on businesses of different sectors and sizes.

​Freight Industry Experts Needed

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The Department for Transport (DFT) is looking for freight industry experts to help in the development of a long-term strategic plan for the freight sector. Over the next month, four workshops will take place. Please contact Jane Gratton for more information.

​Kickstart

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The BCC team meet fortnightly with the DWP Kickstart Director of Delivery to discuss progress and resolve any issues for Chamber Gateways. Please send any issues or feedback to [email protected] or contact Jane Gratton.

​Apprenticeships and Technical Education

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This month, BCC is meeting with the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education to discuss closer working with Chambers on apprenticeships and T levels. If you have any ideas, best practice or other issues to raise, please contact Jane Gratton.

​UK-EU Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications

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BCC is working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and other business groups to identify priority sectors where the UK and EU member states need to have in place mutual recognition of professional qualifications to enable trade. If you have any case studies, or if members have raised this with you, please contact Jane Gratton.

​Ministry of Justice consultation on Dispute Resolution in England and Wales

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The Ministry of Justice is seeking input to understand the current dispute resolution landscape, identify what works well, what can be improved and to put this into practice. The consultation is open until Thursday 30 September and is available here. If you have any questions, please send a direct email to the Ministry of Justice.

​National Highways online feedback tool

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National Highways has launched an online feedback tool for road users and those who live near to England’s motorways and major A roads to give their views on where investment is needed the most.

The online tool has been developed as part of the engagement process for Route Strategies which is one activity used to inform the government’s decisions on future road investment. Please share with your members and provide any feedback by Tuesday 30 November.

​National Infrastructure Planning Reform Programme: stakeholder survey

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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is undertaking a comprehensive end-to-end review of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning (NSIP) process and all its interactions.

The UK government is keen to hear from all those who engage with the NSIP regime on what they see as the main issues affecting each principal stage of the process, and what potential solutions might be deployed to remedy these. This consultation closes on Friday 17 December at 11:45pm. Find out more here and share with your members as required.