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Consultation helps shape our work to inform the development of policy, projects and legislation. It helps us to find out your views and lets us know about any ideas or suggestions you may have. 

Eaisht lesh dagh cleaysh, eisht jean briwnys
Listen with each ear, then decide

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We asked, You said, We did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We asked for views in relation to the Authority’s plans to move to a predominantly industry-funded model from 1 April 2023.

You said

We received 39 separate responses to the Consultation Paper. In broad terms, feedback from businesses with the largest fees under the current and proposed fee structure (i.e. deposit takers and life insurance businesses) focused on governance and transparency arrangements around the new Funding Model. Feedback from smaller businesses tended to focus on the level of fees proposed and the amount of the fee increases in relative terms.

We did

We prepared a Consultation Response, which provides a summary of responses and corresponding changes to the funding model and fee structure. The changes include: a new fee band for designated businesses with two employees; revised fee bands for Class 3 to 9 or 11 insurers; revised fees for bureau de change, payment services as agent and cheque cashing businesses; revised fees for collective investment schemes and related services; stratification of certain transaction fees; and removal of references to fee blocks.

We plan to publish the next consultation paper in October 2022, which will focus on the Fees Orders and Regulations 2023.

We asked

Part 1 – Listening to our autistic community

In Part 1, we asked our autistic respondents to tell us about their own experiences, and we asked family, friends and carers to tell us about the experiences of the autistic people they support.

We asked a mix of closed questions (ones with a list of answers to pick from) and open questions (ones which let people write in their own answers).

In total, answers to the open questions amounted to 195 pages of text. We analysed this text to pick out recurring themes in people’s answers, and then we counted the total number of comments relating to each theme. This let us see which issues are causing the greatest concern for our autistic community.

The 10 most prominent issues were:

  1. Lack of support resources, particularly for adults and those without a learning disability.
  2. Need for more mental health support.
  3. Lack of public awareness, and absence of reasonable adjustments in place across a wide range of settings.
  4. Lack of training and awareness among professionals, particularly relating to ‘high-functioning’ autism and autism in women and girls.
  5. Lack of social support, including worries about bullying and safeguarding.
  6. Difficulties accessing education, particularly higher or continuing education.
  7. Difficulties finding enough or the right kinds of information, particularly about what kinds of support may be available.
  8. Lack of support for finding or maintaining employment.
  9. Lack of support for wider family networks.
  10.  Over-reliance on medication relative to other forms of support.

You said

Part 2 – Listening to everyone

Part 2 of the consultation was open to everyone who wanted to be involved in the conversation about improving support for autistic people in the Isle of Man.

We asked what people see as the biggest barriers to accessing autism support in the Isle of Man. All groups identified long waiting lists as one of the biggest hurdles. Our autistic community also identified a lack of professional expertise, lack of public understanding, and a lack of funding as major issues. Professionals told us difficulties with staffing or staff retention were a significant barrier.

We asked what people would like us to prioritise in the first National Autism Strategy. The top 3 priorities for the autistic community are training for professionals, early diagnosis, and more support for families. Professionals also said they would like to see more support for families, and added early intervention and the employment of autism specialists as priorities. 

Finally, we asked everyone what would make the Isle of Man more autism friendly. The overwhelming majority of people said that more public education is needed to increase awareness, acceptance, understanding and inclusion.

We did

Next Steps

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to tell us how we can improve support for our autistic community in the Isle of Man. The information you gave us will be used to shape our National Autism Strategy, and will help us make sure we improve the things that matter to you most.

The National Autism Strategy will be published by December 2022.

We asked

The Garff Road Safety Working Group sought views on your travel experiences within the Sheading, including how you make your journeys and your motives for these choices, as well as perceptions of road safety and challenges encountered within the survey area. 

The Garff Road Safety Working Group is made up of:

  • Garff Commissioners
  • Garff Members of the House of Keys (MHKs)
  • Legislative Council
  • Laxey and Dhoon Schools
  • Local residents
  • Road Safety Team, Isle of Man Constabulary
  • Department of Infrastructure

The consultation requested information in a number of areas:

  • Frequency and methods of travel in the survey area
  • Appropriateness of speed limits
  • Perception of compliance with 20mph speed limits
  • Safety when using active travel
  • Barriers to active travel, and possible solutions
  • Suggestions for improving travel within the survey area

You said

There were a total of 322 responses to the consultation; we would like to thank those who took the time to complete the consultation online or in writing.

83.5% of respondents travel daily in the survey area, with driving a car reported as the most common method of regular travel in the area, following by walking.

From the perspective of a vehicle driver, 72.8% of respondents to the question find the speed limits in the survey area to be appropriate.  From the perspective of a pedestrian, cyclist, or other non-motorised transport user, 69.9% of respondents to the question find the speed limits in the survey area to be appropriate. 

While the majority may feel the current speed limits are appropriate, there is widespread concern that they are not adhered to at numerous locations.  92.0% of respondents to the question perceive at least some level of non-compliance to the 20mph speed limit in areas of Laxey Village.

48.4% of respondents to the question feel ‘mostly safe’ or ‘very safe’ when travelling actively in the survey area (e.g. walking, cycling, wheelchairs, mobility aids, and other means of self-propulsion).

There was no single barrier to active travel that stood out for a majority of respondents.  However, the barriers that respondents most often rated as ‘high’ were time constraints, quality and provision of footways, distance of journeys, and provision of cycling routes.

Of the suggestions for enabling active travel, 67.1% of respondents to the question believe that improvement to footways would encourage/facilitate, or greatly encourage/facilitate, their participation in active travel.  There were other suggestions which also received some support.

51.2% of respondents completed the section on access to schools within and from the survey area.  Travelling by car and walking are the most common methods of daily travel to Laxey and Dhoon Schools, and travelling by bus is the most common method of travel to secondary school.

24.9% of respondents to the question feel ‘mostly safe’ or ‘very safe’ when travelling actively to Laxey or Dhoon School, with the safety of routes and road crossings identified as the main barriers.

Improvements to, or the creation of, pedestrian crossings was identified as the most popular way to increase active travel to Laxey and Dhoon Schools, supported by 24.3% of respondents to this question.

48.8% of respondents submitted details of challenges or incidents they have encountered when travelling within the survey area. The locations that received the most comments in this section included a portion of the A2 Road (with junctions to Ard Reayrt, Minorca Hill and Ballaragh Road), the section of the New Road passing through Laxey village centre, and Minorca Hill.

37.9% of respondents stated they would be interested in taking part in continued consultation on this subject, and 95.1% of this group provided an email address by which they could be contacted.

Please see the full report for a more comprehensive review of the consultation responses.

Please see the privacy notice for further information on the sharing of responses with the Garff Road Safety Working Group.

We did

Your responses to this consultation will be considered by the Garff Road Safety Working Group, providing the group with a clearer understanding of people’s everyday experiences of traveling through and within the survey area. 

This information will be used to guide and inform future highways and road safety interventions with the intention of addressing issues raised in the consultation where feasible.