Consultations

List of public consultations, calls for evidence, calls for views and surveys that impact on areas such as the rights of women and girls, the rights of children in general, freedom of speech, and so on. Please get in touch if there are any errors or relevant consultations that haven’t been included in the list.

(Last Updated: 18 January 2021)

January 2021

Toilet provision for men and women: Call for Evidence
Caroline Criado Perez has some notes on this in her newsletter.
Keep Toilets Single Sex is a short but informative YouTube video that explains the problems with mixed-sex toilets and why it is important that we preserve single-sex facilities everywhere, including in the UK.
Caroline Ffiske has written an article on the issue that can be used for inspiration.
Area: England
Deadline: 11:45 PM 29 January 2021

Standards Matter 2: Public Sector Survey
The Committee on Standards in Public Life wants to hear from those working in the public sector. We want to know what you think about the culture, policy and practice in your organisation towards standards.
Area: UK
Deadline: 5pm 29 January 2021

Standards Matter 2: Public Consultation
The Committee on Standards in Public Life is running a public consultation to ask for respondents’ views on current principles, institutions, and arrangements for upholding standards.
Area: UK
Deadline: 5pm 29 January 2021

Call for Evidence: Freedom of Expression
Area: UK
Deadline: 31 January 2021

February 2021

Independent Review of Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues in Relation to Policing
The Justice Sub Committee has launched a public call for evidence on the final report of the Independent Review of Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues in Relation to Policing.
Area: Scotland
Deadline: 5 February 2021

The role of the GEO: embedding equalities across Government
The Women and Equalities Committee will examine how the Government Equalities Office (GEO) is delivering on its responsibilities. The inquiry will explore cross-cutting Government equalities strategies and consider recommendations for change to embed equalities across Government.
Area: UK
Deadline: 17 February 2021

Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Call for Evidence
This call for evidence is seeking to collect views from those with lived experience of, or views on, crimes considered as violence against women and girls.
Area: England & Wales
Deadline: 11:45 PM 19 February 2021

Home use of both pills for early medical abortion
We want your views on whether or not the temporary measure introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic allowing women and girls to take both pills for an early medical abortion at home should be made permanent.
Area: England
Deadline: 11:59 PM 26 February 2021

March 2021

Keeping children safe in education
The consultation will seek views on revisions to ‘Keeping children safe in education’, the statutory guidance that sets out what schools and colleges should do and the legal duties with which they must comply to keep children safe.
Area: England
Deadline: 4 March 2021


December 2020

The Law Commission: Reform of the Communications Offences
Reform of the law is needed to protect victims from harmful online behaviour including abusive messages, cyber-flashing, pile-on harassment, and the malicious sharing of information known to be false. The Law Commission is consulting on proposals to improve the protection afforded to victims by the criminal law, while at the same time provide better safeguards for freedom of expression.
Area: England & Wales
Deadline: 18 December 2020

Equality Outcomes 2021-2025
This survey relates to Edinburgh, West Lothian and Midlothian Councils (including their education authorities and Midlothian’s licensing board), NHS Lothian, Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership and East Lothian Integrated Joint Board.
Area: Scotland (Edinburgh & Lothians)
Deadline: 22 December 2020

The Law Commission: Consultation on Hate Crime
You can use the information here to help you write a submission.
Area: England & Wales
Deadline: 24 December 2020

January 2021

The Law Commission: Weddings
If you – or someone you know – has faced coercion, deception and control in having only a religious marriage but not a civil one, please take the time to submit a response. Southall Black Sisters and One Law for All will be happy to help with the submission if you are unable to do this on your own. Or if you think the law discriminates between religions and against minority women, please also respondPlease also send them a copy of any submission made. More information here.
Area: England & Wales
Deadline: 4 January 2021

Consultation on Future Arrangements for Early Medical Abortion at Home
Engender’s response for the continuation of telemedical appointments for Early Medical Abortion at Home
Area: Scotland
Deadline: 5 January 2021

Call for Evidence: Freedom of Expression Online
The House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee is to hold an inquiry to investigate how the right to freedom of expression should be protected online and how it should be balanced with other rights.
Area: UK
Deadline: 11:59 PM 15 January 2021

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