Consultation Hub

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. 

To stay up to date, sign up to our mailing list above & follow us on twitter @IOMDigitaleng. For consultations issued before 1 January 2017, see our archive.

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

Featured Consultations

Open Consultations

  • Vocational Training Assistance Scheme Review 2021

    As part of a review into the Isle of Man Education and Training functions, the Department of Education Sport and Culture seek your views on policy principles around the provision of support for vocational training. The responses to this consultation will be used to inform the policy required... More

    Closes 25 June 2021

  • Area Plan for the North and West – Preliminary Publicity

    Cabinet Office is preparing an Area Plan for the North and West of the Island and is commencing Preliminary Publicity in accordance with the Development Plan Procedure, as set out in paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the Town and Country Planning Act 1999. More

    Closes 25 June 2021

  • Government Staff Survey on Flexible/Remote Working

    As part of a Council of Ministers and Chief Officer supported programme of work, a “Working Differently” team from across Government are looking at how we learn from our remote/flexible working during COVID and ensure we maintain positive flexible working practices that help our people to... More

    Closes 2 July 2021

  • Consultation on TT Schedule Change – 2023 and beyond

    The Department for Enterprise is seeking the views of the public in relation to a proposed permanent schedule change to the TT Races, which, if approved, will take effect from the 2023 event. Views and comments in regards to the proposed road closure schedule are invited. More

    Closes 2 July 2021

  • Financial Services Tribunal (Amendment) Rules

    The purpose of the consultation is to obtain views on a proposed change to the Financial Services Tribunal Rules 2015 (‘the FST Rules’). The consultation is particularly relevant to persons that may appeal against decisions of the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority under the FST... More

    Closes 9 July 2021

Closed Consultations

  • Literacy for All (parent perspective)

    The Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) would appreciate your time in completing this survey to gain further insight into the thoughts and perceptions of parents and school staff in relation to the teaching of literacy skills on the Isle of Man. We would like to... More

    Closed 24 May 2021

  • Concessionary Bus Travel

    The Department of Infrastructure, the Department of Health & Social Care and the Department of Education, Sport & Culture are updating travel concessions on Bus Vannin. More

    Closed 18 May 2021

  • Regulations Applying SOLAS Chapter VI – Carriage of Cargoes and Oil Fuels

    Regulations Applying SOLAS Chapter VI – Carriage of Cargoes and Oil Fuels More

    Closed 13 May 2021

  • Consultation On The Liquor Licensing And Public Entertainments Bill 2021

    The Department of Home Affairs is conducting this consultation to invite comments on the draft Liquor Licensing and Public Entertainments Bill 2021. This proposed Bill is designed to consolidate and update the legislation relating to alcohol licensing and music and dancing, with the... More

    Closed 29 April 2021

  • Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development) (Amendment) Order 2021

    Changes are proposed to the secondary legislation which enables certain types of development to take place without the need for a specific planning application (sometimes called ‘Permitted Development’). The changes are intended to better apply a proportionate level of protection to... More

    Closed 18 April 2021

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

The purpose of the consultation was to seek views about the draft Liquor Licensing and Public Entertainments Bill 2021.

The present alcohol licensing regime on the Island was recognised to be outdated, overly bureaucratic and inflexible.  The structure of a new piece of licensing legislation was finalised into a draft Bill, following an earlier consultation on the policy behind future legislation, and the opportunity to comment on the draft Bill was provided within the consultation document. 

Additional information about the regime that was likely to be put in places along with possible types of licence and other useful information was provided within the “talking points” section of the consultation document.  The general timelines for the possible enactment of the draft Bill, if it should be successfully progressed, were also included within the consultation document.


You said

You said

The Department received 321 responses, of which –

12 were on behalf of an organisation; and,

309 were from individuals.

We did

The Department was grateful to the many individuals and organisations who responded to the consultation either by submitting a formal response which was counted in the number of responses above, or by more informal engagement with officers of the Department.

All responses received during the consultation period have been carefully considered, and were valuable in both ensuring general satisfaction with the draft Bill as it was publicly consulted upon, and in identifying some modifications that were needed or might improve that Bill when it was finalised for introduction into the House of Keys.

The Department did received informal views from a number of key stakeholders and interested parties during the consultation period and these parties who either met with officers, or expressed an informal view in writing, were invited to make formal representation in response to the consultation if they wished to do so.  Any views shared informally have not formed part of the summary of consultation responses, but all responses were welcomed and have been carefully considered by the Department in finalising the Bill, and, in many cases, provided additional useful insight or suggested improvement to that Bill.

In the interests of comprehensively summarising the views which were formally provided, along with the main points which have been incorporated into the finalised Bill, a summary of responses document has been generated and made available via a link in the Files section below.

The Liquor Licensing and Public Entertainment Bill 2021 has now been finalised and was introduced into the House of Keys on Tuesday 11 May 2021 for first reading, and can be found on the Tynwald Website

We asked

We asked for views on a Bill to -

  • enable the application of UK animal welfare legislation to the Island;
  • the making of secondary legislation to support the implementation of the applied UK legislation; and
  • to provide for greater protections for mountain hares.

You said

We received 1,109 responses to the consultation, which were supportive of the Bill's purpose of applying UK animal welfare legislation.

However, the responses also indicated significant support for greater legal protections to be given to mountain hares than were provided for in the Bill.

A consultation summary, with respect to all responses submitted and actions taken by the Department as a consequence, has been published on the consultation page.

We did

In light of the feedback from the consultation a revised Animal Welfare Bill was submitted for first and second reading in the House of Keys on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

The Department will also give further consideration to the policy issues identified by this consultation that did not form part of this Bill.

We asked

We asked for views on how the Resolution Authority’s administrative expenses should be calculated and how this amount should thereafter be recovered by means of a levy allocated to banks.

You said

We received 8 separate responses to the Consultation Paper. Of these, none were against the proposed method of calculating the resolution administration expenses.

The Authority proposed that these expenses, for the year 2021-22, should be recovered through levies on an ‘equal share’ basis amongst the banks, early in the year 2022-23. Half of the respondents either had no comment or specifically agreed with this proposal. The remaining respondents had divergent views as to how the levy should be allocated. This included 3 banks, each with different business models, who believed their particular business model should pay a smaller share than banks operating different business models.

We did

The Authority believes that resolution administration expenses will be incurred in relation to all banks, certainly for an initial period. It is intended therefore to proceed with recovery of these expenses by means of a levy calculated on an ‘equal share’ basis for the year 2021-22.    

However, if over time it becomes clear that there is a significant divergence between the degrees of ongoing administrative work required for the different types of bank operating on the Island, the Authority would be pleased to discuss this with the banking industry and to consider adapting the levy allocation methodology accordingly.