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Archived Consultations:


Business Plan and Budget Consultation 2012/13 - 2014/15

Residents, local businesses, partners and community groups are invited to comment on the Council's Business Plan and their proposed budget for 2012/13. You can take part by completing their online survey.

The survey asks for your views on the Council's Business Plan and the budget they have proposed in terms of the savings and priorities identified within each service area. The Council also wants to know what you think of the relationship between keeping Council Tax low compared to protecting council services.

As well as this general consultation there are a number of detailed service specific consultations on those services where the Council are proposing to make savings to their front line services. Plus a detailed consultation on their Corporate Plan.

 Full details can be found here.

2 January 2012
Barnet Children's Service Budget Consultation 2012-13

The Government’s spending review has reduced the amount of money available for the Council to spend over the coming years. Barnet, like all other councils, is faced with making some difficult decisions on how best to continue services with less money, while trying to minimise the impact on residents.

The attached letter launches this year’s consultation on the Children’s Service budget proposals for 2012-13 and invites your views. You can feedback in a number of ways:

The consultation closes on 6 January 2012. The Council will take into account your responses before a decision is made by Cabinet and Council on 20 February 2012 and 6 March 2012 respectively.

6 January 2012
Proposed use of Fixed Term Tenancies for Barnet Council Tenants

Barnet Council have launched a consultation on making use of fixed term tenancies for new council tenants from April 2012. Under the proposals, most new council tenants would be given a fixed term tenancy of 5 years. A tenancy would then normally come to an end if any of the following applied:

  •  The tenant or a member of their household has been involved in criminal activity
  • The household income is high enough to secure a home elsewhere or has assets of more than £50,000
  • The property is larger than the tenant currently needs
  • The tenant has broken their tenancy agreement and not maintained an agreement to remedy this
  • The home has been adapted extensively for someone who no longer lives in the property

To find out more and to give your views please see here.

13 January 2012
London Borough of Barnet

Have your say on housing allocations

London Borough of Barnet would like to hear your views on their proposed changes to the council’s housing allocations scheme. They are considering these changes as a result of a review of how the existing scheme is working and to reflect the reforms in the recently enacted Localism Act. 

The main changes are:

  • Local connection- applicants will normally be expected to have lived in Barnet for 2 years
  • Non qualification- certain classes of applicant will not be placed into any housing band
  • Community contribution- formal caring will be recognised and young people will be expected to make a community contribution when they are placed in band 2
  • Pan-London Mobility
  • Discretionary succession

To find out more, please visit the engage space website. Here you will find a summary of the changes which explains why London Borough of Barnet think they are necessary, and a full version of the proposed revised scheme. The consultation closes on 2 March 2012.

Housing forum on 23 February

You are also invited to attend a housing forum on 23 February 2012, 9:30am at NLBP where these changes will be discussed as well as other housing policy issues.

2 March 2012

Proposed Further Changes to the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPDs

Core Strategy and Development Management policies DPDs Examination

Barnet's Core Strategy and Development Management Policies documents are currently subject to an Examination in Public (EiP) conducted by a Planning Inspector who was appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government The Examination in Public hearing lasted from the 6 December until 14 December 2011 at Hendon Town Hall.

Post submission proposed further changes

At the Core Strategy and Development Management policies examination the role of the Inspector - Mr Vincent Maher, MA (CANTAB) MCD MBA MRTPI, is to assess the soundness of the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPDs. The Inspector is considering whether both documents are compliant with the requirements set out in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and whether they meet the criteria for soundness, that is they are justified,effective and consistent with national policy.

You can go online here for more information and to submit your views to. Comments should be received no later than 8 March 2012 at 4pm.

8 March 2012


London Councils Grants consultation 2013/15

London Councils invites you to respond to this public consultation about its future grants programme and its review of the potential equalities effects on the protected groups as part of its duties under the Equality Act 2010.

This consultation exercise will assist London Councils in reaching the following decisions in future:

  • Which of the 105 current commissions should be funded beyond the end of their fixed funding agreements and until the end of the 2012/13 financial year?
  • What principles and priorities will be applied in selecting commissions to start from 1 April 2013?

We will not publish individual replies. You may respond in an individual capacity or on behalf of an organisation.

Take part in the consultation now by following this link, or visit the Grants website to read further information on the timetable for the consultation, background information and our initial assessment of the equalities effects.

This consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 23 March 2012.

23 March 2012

 5 Pro-Actives, Greater London Authority and Sport England

Have your say on community sport in London

With London 2012 on the horizon, the time has come to set out a clear, coordinated approach to community sport in London.

A consultation document has been produced that summarises the possible components of a shared vision and structure to achieve better joint working across all organisations and more efficient use of resource.

The consultation document can be viewed by clicking here

The consultation has been produced following work by the 5 Pro-Actives, Greater London Authority and Sport England.

The consultation asks a number of key questions on which they would like your opinion. YouGov, an independent research agency, has been commissioned to collate and analysis responses.

The closing date for responses is 4pm Thursday 5 April 2012. There is a proforma at the back of the consultation document for your response.

If you have any queries or technical issues with the consultation, please contact YouGov by e-mail at

Your response will remain completely confidential. They will not be reported on at an individual level and your details will not be passed on to any third parties, in line with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct.

5 April 2012
Barnet’s Community Infrastructure Levy – Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule

The Planning Act 2008 and the subsequent Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010, as amended, introduced a new approach to development contributions aimed at a fairer, faster, more certain and transparent approach to such contributions, compared to the existing S106 ‘tariffs’ for Education, Libraries and Health within the Borough.

As a national frontrunner authority for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), Barnet is seeking to quickly move across to this new system and has utilised the process to review the impact of its current developer contributions and the opportunity it has to review the balance struck between development viability and the need to ensure such development mitigates for its impacts.  For this reason the Council proposes to adopt a single low flat rate of £135 per m2 on all chargeable development. For more details on the type and scale of development that is chargeable, please follow the links on the consultation webpage.

Regulation 15 requires that the Council seek representations from key consultation bodies and representations from residents, voluntary organisations and businesses operating in the local area at a ‘Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule’ stage. Please see the consultation hub for full details and to submit your electronic representation.

The Council will be hosting a Developer Forum to aid understanding of both Mayoral CIL and Barnet’s CIL proposals on 27 March 2012 from 6.30pm – 8pm, at Barnet Council, Building 2, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP. The Forum will cover how CIL operates in practice, providing examples of when CIL does and doesn’t apply. It will also provide an opportunity for asking questions and addressing site-specific issues. The Forum will help developers to respond effectively to the preliminary draft charging schedule consultation. Please email them to confirm your place at the forum by 20 March 2012.

Further information is available from the CIL Team on 020 8359 4922 if you require any clarification on any CIL matter prior to providing a response to this consultation.

Consultation period 12 March 2012 to 23 April 2012 (6 weeks).

23 April 2012
HM Revenue and Customs

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

The HMRC has issued a consultation document on proposals for the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.

The consultation runs from 27 March 2012 to 25 May 2012.

This consultation invites comments from all charities and CASCs that make claims under Gift Aid and receive small donations of cash, particularly smaller charities, and their agents, advisers, nominees and representative bodies. HM Revenue & Customs is also organising The Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme: Public meetings.

25 May 2012
Barnet Council

Modernisation of Day Opportunities for Older People

The Council’s consultation on Modernisation of Day Opportunities for Older People is now openDetails can be found on the council’s consultation portal here.

Members are encouraged to complete the consultation questionnaire and to encourage service users, clients, friends and family to do so. The questionnaire can be completed online at Day opportunities for older people or download a copy of the questionnaire from their website. 

To gain access the consultation document and additional information, you can download these by clicking on Consultation document and Additional information or requesting copies from the LINk at on 020 8364 8400 ext 218.

There will be a public consultation event; dates will be announced in due course. 

If your organisation would like to receive consultation packs, please contact Caroline Powls on 020 8359 4366 or

25 May 2012

Community Matters

Community Matters has launched a short online consultation about local experience of the Big Society.


 Barnet Council

Consultation on the Proposed Allocation of Funding for Barnet Children’s Centres

Currently Barnet Council funds 13 Children’s Centres and 8 linked outreach venues with a budget of £4,300,000.

Barnet Council is proposing to redistribute the budget of £4,300,000 to more effectively meet the needs of vulnerable families.

Please take the time to read the detailed plans in their consultation paper on the proposed changes to the allocation of funding for Children’s Centres in Barnet and then give them your views on their proposals by completing their online survey by Friday 15 June.

They are also holding a series of stakeholder meetings where the consultation paper and response forms will be available to complete and return to them.

To book a place at one of these meetings please email or call 020 8359 7617. Please provide your name, contact email and/or telephone number.

15 June 2012

 Barnet Council

Proposals to introduce a borough wide Designated Public Place Order (DPPO)

As part of its commitment to keep Barnet safe, the Council is proposing to introduce a borough wide Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) more commonly known as Alcohol Control Area or Controlled Drinking Zone. 

The Council have a statutory responsibility to consult on the introduction of a Designated Public Place Order and have therefore created the opportunity for people to comment by creating a brief survey for members of the community to complete.

If you would like to comment on the Council’s proposal please do so by completing this survey here before 4 July 2012.

Alternatively, you can also email or call 020 8359 7491.

4 July 2012

 London Councils

London Councils Grants consultation 2013/15

London Councils agreed new principles and priorities for the new grants programme 2013/15 and indicative specifications at the meeting of the Leaders’ Committee held on 12 June 2012. The Leaders' Committee report and background may be seen on our committees pages Opens in a new window and the relevant Grants Committee papers are also online Opens in a new window

London Councils is now inviting views on the specifications for each service that it is proposed will be commissioned from April 2013 to deliver the agreed funding priorities of the grants programme 2013/15. These individual service specifications are consistent with the indicative specifications considered by Members in agreeing the new priorities. In particular, views are sought on the proposed outcomes and activities to be delivered through the services intended to be commissioned. Final specifications will be published in early August 2012 when organisations will be invited to make an application for funding to deliver the commissioned services.

Please complete the online consultation survey Opens in a new window not later than 5pm on Friday 6 July 2012.

6 July 2012

 Barnet Council

Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The consultation on Barnet’s Draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the next 3 years has now started.

You can read the strategy (or the short summary) and complete the online survey here.

There is also a second part to the consultation which asks Barnet residents questions about their lifestyle and ways they could work together with public services to improve health and wellbeing in Barnet.

The web page contains easy-read versions of the questionnaires that can be downloaded, or you can contact us for copies.

The consultation will be open until Friday 20 July.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Rowe on 020 8359 4579 or Roger Jones on 020 8359 5642.

CommUNITY Barnet and its members will facilitate a few meetings to dicuss this important strategy including the Adult Health and Social Care Provider Network on Tuesday 12th June, 2 - 4pm, at St Paul's Church, Finchley. To book a place please contact Allison Cooper on 020 8364 8400 ext.230 or email

Barnet LINk will also be hosting a public meeting on the evening of Wednesday 4 July to discuss the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. All Barnet residents are invited to come along and have your say! For more information please email

20 July 2012

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Public Consultation on your Local Community Healthcare Services

“Get involved” - Have your say on CLCH Foundation Trust plans

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust provides:

• Adult Community Nursing Services

• Children and Family Services

• Rehabilitation and Therapies

• End of Life Care

• Offender Health Services

• Continuing Care

• Specialist Services

• Walk-in and Urgent Care Centres

If you live in Barnet you are likely to receive healthcare from us at some point in your life. So CLCH would like to tell you more and get your views on their Foundation Trust plans to improve integration across health and social care, make their services more patient-centred and involve local people in the way their healthcare services are developed and run.

More information about their Foundation Trust plans and the consultation are online here.

Email or telephone 0800 169 6134 for more information or a copy or our consultation document.

Consultation closes 31 July 2012.

31 July 2012

 Barnet Council

Proposed changes to Door to Door Transport

Barnet Council are asking residents what they think about their proposed changes to transport services for people with mobility problems. This includes changes to who can have help with transport, who can have and use disabled parking bays and changes to the types of help offered by the council.

These are changes that we think are necessary to modernise transport services and make them fairer for the future.

Their proposals and the reasons behind them are explained in detail in their consultation document Have your say: Changes to door to door transport. 

Please share your views by completing their online survey.

There is also an easy-read summary and version of the questionnaire which is available to download from the Related Documents here.

6 August 2012

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

The Future of the Independent Living Fund (ILF)

This consultation seeks views on the impact that closing the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in 2015 would have on users, local authorities and the wider care and support systems across the UK. The Government would also like your views on how closure could be managed in a way which would minimise disruption to the care and support needs of existing ILF users.

Who this consultation is aimed at: The Department is keen to hear from ILF users, their carers, families, local authorities and other interested parties in the wider care and support system.

You can respond by email or post to:


ILF Consultation Team
Ground Floor
Caxton House
Tothill Street

Please ensure your response reaches us by 10 October 2012.

For more information, see here.

10 October 2012

 Barnet Council

Consultation on options for Council Tax Support


The Government is abolishing the national Council Tax Benefit scheme from 1 April 2013 and all councils must replace it with a local Council Tax Support scheme. Each council in England and Wales has to design its own scheme. We are currently consulting with residents on how we can design a scheme that best meets the needs of Barnet residents.

Barnet Council is considering options for a new scheme that is as fair as possible and is in line with the needs of the community. We are keen to give everyone - regardless of whether they currently claim benefit or not – the opportunity to have their say on our proposals before our scheme is finalised.

To find out more about their proposals, please take the time to read their consultation document  and then share your views by completing the online questionnaire here.

For more information email


24 October 2012


Barnet Council

Council's Finance and Business Planning Consultation

The council is currently consulting on its Finance and Business Plan.  If you have not already taken part there is still time to do so. The consultation closes on the 31st January 2013.

As part of this consultation, the council wishes to hear your views on the budget it has proposed in terms of the savings identified for 2013/14 and the priorities that have been identified within each service area. The council also wants to hear your views on the proposals for a new Corporate Plan which sets out the council’s future strategic direction. 

For more information please see here.

31 January 2013
The Government

Child Poverty Consultation

The Government's launched a public consultation on better measures of child poverty, closing on 15 February 2013. The consultation explores how to best reflect the reality of child poverty in a multidimensional measure. It considers a number of potential dimensions: income and material deprivation, worklessness, unmanageable debt, poor housing, parental skill level, access to quality education, family stability and parental health.

NAVCA are responding, please send thoughts to

15 February 2013

Barnet Council

Inclusion Strategy Principles on Survey Monkey

Barnet Council’s Inclusion Strategy Group, which includes parent and voluntary sector representation, has drafted the principles which will underpin their developing Inclusion Strategy. Their approach to inclusion in Barnet will promote independence and provide support to children and young people who are disabled or have Special Educational Needs (SEN) including Emotional, Social and Behavioural difficulties.

This is your opportunity to comment on their principles in the consultation process. Please go to this link and click on Barnet Council’s proposed Inclusion Strategy Principles and click to take part in the short survey questionnaire. 

15 March 2013

NHS Barnet


The NHS in Barnet Wants to Hear about your Experiences

Ensuring that patients in Barnet have access to high quality, safe and effective health care are doctors and clinicians main focus. In Barnet, the local NHS is undertaking a project to look at how unscheduled care is being delivered and where improvements could be made. They therefore want to hear about your experiences.

Unscheduled care can be described as any unplanned contact with the NHS by a person requiring or seeking help, care or advice.

By continuing to listen, it will enable them to make real improvements to local unscheduled care services, make them much more stable for the future, and ultimately improve patients’ experiences when using them.

If you would like to share your views, please complete the online survey here or phone 020 7685 6685 to receive your copy.

15 March 2013
Barnet Council

Have your say on Barnet Council’s revised Equalities Policy

Barnet Council is refreshing its Equalities Policy, last published in 2010, to ensure the borough continues to be a good place to live, work and study for all.

The council has launched a consultation on the new draft Equalities Policy under the title “‘Aiming for equal life chances in Barnet’ – ensuring the right approach to equalities in changing times”.

The revised Equalities Policy is important because it will help the Council to deliver improvements for all Barnet residents, ensure that decisions are fair and reduce the impact of the challenging economic environment on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

The new draft Equalities Policy aims to: 

  • Ensure that economic growth in the borough is      fair and inclusive
  • Ensure that equality considerations are at the heart of the council’s decision making processes
  • Promote diversity in the local economy
  • Use customer data to better understand need
  • Ensure that the council’s approach to      equalities is aligned to that of partners to deliver better outcomes for      residents
  • Promote diversity in service provision
  • Promote community engagement and cohesion

The council wants to hear from the public and members of staff, about working with strategic partners like health, education and police to deliver customer satisfaction and better outcomes for all residents.

The consultation is published online at

If you require a paper copy or an easy read version please contact Lesley Holland by emailing or by telephoning 020 8359 7263.

The closing date for responses is 2nd December.


2 December 2013
Barnet Council

The council is currently consulting on its Business Plan and Budget for 2014/15 -2015/16,  The council wants to know your views on the budget it has proposed in terms of the savings for 2014/15, the priorities it has identified within each service area, and the proposal to cut council tax.  

For more information on how to take part, please see here.


31 January 2013
Barnet Council 

CommUNITY Barnet recently responded to a Barnet Council consultation on a new Charter (previously known as a Compact) with the local voluntary and community sector. The aim of a Charter is to support strong, empowering relationships between the sector, the council and local residents through the agreement of a set of key principles which describe our shared values and aspirations and how these shape the way we work together.

The draft Charter for Barnet has been developed through close collaboration between the council and the local voluntary and community sector, and now the partnership wishes to open up this discussion more widely. Barnet Council are keen to give everyone within the local community the opportunity to have their say on the principles underpinning their relationship before they are finalised. Comments will be fed back for consideration by the Charter Development Working Group made up of representatives from the sector, the council and local residents.

Please click on this link to access the Charter and online survey – your participation is greatly appreciated.


31 January 2013
CommUNITY Barnet

Council Contracts and Procurement - If you've got a view on the topic we'd like to hear it

If these words fill you with dread or excitement, you've clearly got a view on the topic and we'd like to hear it. So let's throw a few questions out there about council contracts and procurement...

  • Are the council getting it right?
  • If you were responsible for council procurement what would you change?
  • How would you encourage more third sector organisations to apply for funding? 
  • Is the third sector too small to apply for council procurement, and do you miss out on opportunities? 
  • Do you work with the council? Or do you think it would never be possible?

We cannot change the past but now is the time to help shape the future, and we want you to share your views, by completing our online survey here. 

Join the conversation at our focus group...

A focus group will be held at the Cypriot Centre on Monday 24th February 10am-12pm followed by lunch (arrival 9.30am). If you have a story to tell, or want to influence change - this is your chance.

To register your interest please email . Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. An email invite will be sent to confirm your place.

For more information please click here - please feel free to forward on this leaflet and to encourage other VSO's to take part .

It's time to have your say!


26 February 2014
Health and wellbeing boardsRegional Voices

Health and wellbeing boards Regional Voices has launched its second survey that asks the voluntary sector about engagement with health and wellbeing boards- what is working well, what could work better and what support would help. Results are being used to influence policy makers, develop support mechanisms and share interesting practice.

The survey should take 10-15 minutes to fill in (depending on how much you would like to say) and the closing date for the survey will be 10am on 6 March. The results from the first survey have been published online.


6 March 2014
 Barnet Council

Barnet Council is consulting on a draft policy setting out additional criteria (beyond those in the statutory guidance issued by DCLG) for how it will assess nominations under the Community Right to Bid – one of the new rights handed to communities through the Localism Act 2011. The aim of the policy is to strengthen the council’s criteria for assessing CRTB nominations, and link the decisions it makes more closely with existing strategic priorities.

Barnet Council is keen to give everyone within the local community the opportunity to have their say on the draft policy before it is finalised. Please click on this link to access the online survey (links to the assessment criteria are embedded in the survey questions) – your participation is greatly appreciated.


25 March 2014