The National Policy Forum is rushing through a 6-week consultation this year, from 20th May to 30th June.
This is the agency for developing Labour policies and the channel for members, branches and CLPs to put their views to the party. At the end of the consultation, there will be a series of recommendations, based on the outcomes of the consultation. Normally these are for the annual Conference, but this year something else will take its place.
The NPF is endeavouring to move back into the mainstream of policy development. They are now actively encouraging all CLPs to use videoconferencing to work on their responses, and LI have a head start here.
The consultations are shorter this year and the questions fewer.
What is required is not a motion, but a response to the questions posed: there are 8 commissions and 8 sets of questions.
This is the key policy development event of the year, and to achieve the greatest impact our responses should go through branches and if possible theCLP general committee meeting on 21st June. They can then be posted by the CLP secretary.
The questions this year will focus on the coronavirus pandemic and the values and principles which should be applied now and in the aftermath.
For quick reference, here are links to the questions and background information for each of the 8 Commissions:
- Economy, Business and Trade
- Health and Social Care
- Early Years, Education and Skills
- Justice and Home Affairs
- Housing, Local Government and Transport
- Work, Pensions and Equality
- Environment, Energy and Culture
You can post your response and read more about the consultation at the National Policy Forum website