MPs want to hear your experiences of applying for PIP and ESA

Deadline 17th December 2021

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched a survey to hear about first-hand experiences of the assessment processes for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

The survey is open to everyone who has had an assessment to claim PIP or who has had a Work Capability Assessment, either to claim ESA or as part of a Universal Credit claim.

The survey is part of the Committee’s inquiry which is examining the effectiveness of the application and assessment processes for benefits paid to disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, amid continuing concerns about the problems being experienced by people making claims.

Click here for the survey.

Data protection consultation

Deadline 19th November 2021

The government is launching a consultation on reforms to create an ambitious, pro-growth and innovation-friendly data protection regime that underpins the trustworthy use of data.

This consultation presents proposals that build on the key elements of the current UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), such as its data processing principles, its data rights for citizens, and its mechanisms for supervision and enforcement. The proposals aim to deliver an even better data protection regime that will:

  • support vibrant competition and innovation to drive economic growth
  • maintain high data protection standards without creating unnecessary barriers to responsible data use
  • keep pace with the rapid innovation of data-intensive technologies
  • help innovative businesses of all sizes to use data responsibly without undue uncertainty or risk, both in the UK and internationally
  • ensure the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is equipped to regulate effectively in an increasingly data-driven world

Click here for the consultation.

Wider Impacts of Covid-19 on Health (WICH) Tool Feedback

The WICH tool is designed to allow users to explore the indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the population’s health and wellbeing. This tool presents a range of health and wellbeing metrics in interactive plots that, for some metrics, can be broken down to show differences between groups. Where data allow they are presented with different time points to highlight phases of the pandemic.

Click here to offer feedback.

Health & Care Volunteers Training Needs

Deadline 30th November 2021

This questionnaire has been produced by the National Volunteering Unit at NHS Health Education England.

They would like to understand the training needs of health and care volunteers.

You have been invited to take part in this survey because you volunteer with the NHS, social care, or a voluntary community sector organisation hosting an NHS or social care service/project.

The information you provide is for research purposes only. They will use the feedback received to improve the training resources we provide so that we can better support volunteers in health and social care. The information received will be kept confidential and any data used for research or statistics will be anonymised so that individuals or specific services are not identified. 

Click here for the survey.

Workplace Physical Activity Consultation

The ukactive Research Institute, in partnership with Sport England, are conducting a consultation to understand more about the opportunities people have to be physically active during the working day, with a particular focus on small to medium sized enterprises across the UK.

The survey is about understanding what employers are currently doing to support employee physical activity, what works, what does not work, and what further support is needed to help employees move more while at work. This consultation also aims to understand how the fitness and leisure sector, for example gyms, leisure centres and personal trainers, are currently supporting organisations to be active, and to gather further insight so they can provide the best support possible.  

As a thank you for taking part ukactive would like to offer you, as an individual, the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of three £50 amazon vouchers. You have the option of entering your email address for this at the end of the survey. 

Click here for the survey.

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have launched a survey for people with lived experience of sexual assault and violence. The feedback and information will help shape future services.

The survey also applies to those who knew about the service but didn’t attend.

The Survey should take you around ten minutes to complete, the feedback and information you provide is invaluable and will help them shape a better service for all. ALL information will be anonymous.

Click here for they survey.

Women’s Health Strategy: Call for Evidence

Deadline 13th June 2021

Department of Health & Social Care are seeking your views to help inform the development of the government’s Women’s Health Strategy.

This call for evidence is seeking to collect views on women’s health. It will run for a period of 14 weeks and is open to everyone aged 16 and over.

The easiest way to participate in the call for evidence as an individual is by completing the public survey.

They also welcome written submissions from individuals or organisations who have expertise in women’s health, such as researchers and third-sector organisations.

Click here for the consultation and more information.

Shaping Our Lives – inclusive involvement

Shaping Our Lives is taking on a new shape with the help of a four year grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. They have a mission to advance the inclusive involvement of d/Deaf and Disabled people, service users, carers and other people who experience inequalities or barriers when accessing services.

Shaping Our Lives want to provide people with support and information to ensure your voices are meaningfully and equally represented when service providers are making decisions about how their services should be run.

The people who use services should be asked about their experiences in order to improve these services. This is usually called consultation, engagement, involvement, or co-production. The organisations involved might be a health or social care provider, a regulator, a research body or educational establishment.

Research shows that often the experiences of people from diverse communities are not heard in these involvement activities because the way they are done does not allow everyone to take part equally.

They really want to hear what you think would help you to take part and influence services to work better for you and other people in similar situations.

Click here to complete the survey.

How is your charity coping with the pandemic’s pressures?


The world is changing rapidly, and charities are under immense pressure to continue providing vital services for their beneficiaries. We are eager to uncover how the sector is coping with the crisis and ensure charity voices are heard by the government.

With charities left out of official statistics, the PBE Covid Charity Tracker has been the sector’s leading source of economic analysis throughout the coronavirus crisis. Your responses have helped us calculate the £10 billion funding gap charities are experiencing, as well as to estimate that 60,000 jobs may be at risk.

With 5-10 minutes of your time, your contribution will help us tell the government just how much the pandemic has impacted charities like yours.

Help us muster our widest response yet by filling in our survey and then sharing with others before Sunday 2 May when the survey closes.

Click here for the survey.