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Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) Council

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The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) is currently recruiting two new members to their Council. The window for applications has been extended and that the new deadline will be 23:00 on Sunday 30 January 2022.

Please note, the extended closing date for this campaign will mean a change to the proposed dates for sifting and interviews. See the Cabinet Office website here for all of the latest updates as they become available.

Find more information here.

UK-Australia free trade agreement - survey for businesses

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The House of Commons International Trade Committee has launched a short survey on the UK-Australia free trade agreement (FTA) for businesses. The survey is open now and will close at 11:59PM on Sunday 23 January 2022.

They want to hear more about how the UK-Australia free trade agreement will affect businesses across the UK – from agri-food, to manufacturing and services – and we welcome the views of business owners, employees and representative bodies.

The responses received will help inform their inquiry and might help to shape the Committee’s final report. It should take about ten minutes to complete.

To fill in the survey, just click on this link:

Integrated Rail Plan

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The Transport Select Committee has opened a new inquiry into the Integrated Rail Plan.

To input into the BCC response, please contact Jane Gratton.

The Committee is particularly interested in receiving written evidence that addresses:

  • The contribution that the IRP will make to rail capacity and connectivity for (a) passengers and (b) freight in (i) the Midlands and the North and (ii) the UK
  • Whether and how the IRP will “level up” communities in the Midlands and the North
  • How the IRP will affect rail infrastructure and services outside the Midlands and the North
  • The challenges to central Government, Great British Railways, regional and local authorities, transport bodies and other stakeholders in delivering the IRP
  • How the rail schemes in the IRP will integrate and interact with HS2
  • How the rail improvement schemes in the IRP were selected, and whether those selections represent equity between and within regions
  • Whether the IRP represents value for money for UK taxpayers


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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.

​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.

Nominee sought for Non-Household Water Market Code Change Committee

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The Strategic Panel for the non-household water market is looking to appoint a representative from a business representative organisation to its Code Change Committee to ensure that the focus on customer benefits is at the front and centre of the Committee's discussions and decisions.

The Strategic Panel is the senior market governance led body, working with Ofwat and DEFRA, to set out the strategic direction and priorities for the market so that it works effectively for the business community as key customers of an essential service.

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