Do you believe in government consultations?
According to this story, 70% of parents responding did not want the law to be changed in relation to smacking and because of this response the law will not be changed.
I wonder if the 900+ responses to the recent consultation about home education will be given the same weight. I do hope so. If our views really are taken properly into account on that issue I will then be more inclined to feel safely confident about the process of government consultations and will also go to the bottom of our garden to peer closely for signs of those fairies.
Meanwhile, while we wait for a delayed period of time for those responses to be processed, there's at least one other underway to which I will submit a response.
This is the question of whether lone parents should continue to be eligible for Income Support payments [opens pdf]. For more details on how to easily respond to this consultation please see this post on the Stories From the Playground blog. You might also consider contributing to the blog, if you have anything to recount about your child's experiences in the school system.
I would be happier about the effectiveness of the lone parent consultation if it cast its net wider as regards informing people of its existence. It would have been a simple matter for DWP lone parent advisors to have passed an informative leaflet on the matter to all lone parent 'clients' as they attended their regular compulsory Work-Focused Interviews, but this was not done as far as I know, for reasons best known to DWP.
The closing date for the consultation about lone parents is 31st October.