Public Affairs Panel
The main purpose of the CIC Public Affairs Panel is to articulate, co-ordinate and promote the joint views of the construction professions and allied bodies in respect to a wide range of issues which affect the built environment.
The terms of reference of the Public Affairs Panel are as follows.
- To raise and maintain CIC’s profile to ensure that it is seen as an authority on issues in relation to the built environment.
- To assist in the preparation of policy papers and consultation responses.
- To co-ordinate members’ public affairs activities where possible and appropriate.
- To assist in handling the media.
There are two major annual meetings of the Public Affairs Strategic Advisory Panel which in 2013 are scheduled for 21 January 2013 and 4 June 2013. There are also eight additional meetings of the Economic and Policy Forum which take place from February through to November.
Main tasks of the Public Affairs Panel
The main function of the Public Affairs Panel (PAP) is to act as a two way channel:
- To inform members of major developments in economic and policy matters
- To provide a forum for responses to Government consultations
- To actively promote the activity of CIC through presence at events
Economic and Policy Forum
The Economic and Policy Forum is a body under the chairmanship Nick Raynsford MP. The main activity of this Forum is to run a series of seminars. These are held in the Building Centre at 26 Store Street, just off the Tottenham Court Road. These meetings run from 10 am until noon. Typical attendance is around 20 people. There are two or three presentations from specialists such as representatives of the Bank of England, economic forecasters and senior civil servants. These speakers generally talk for around thirty- forty minutes followed by questions from members.
The majority of the presentations are posted on to the CIC website after the event.
Policy Updates and seminars
Regular bulletins in the form of “Policy Updates” are published to inform members of developments in policy. These take the form of either newsletters or a more detailed examination of a particular topic.
The Public Affairs Panel also conducts workshops on major items of interest. In 2012, for instance, there was a workshop on the consultation in relation to the proposed changes to the Building Regulations.
Government departments develop detailed policy proposals through consultations with specialists in the field.
CIC notifies members of important policy announcements when these documents are produced. If the development in question is significant, a joint response from CIC is prepared and submitted to the relevant department.