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Position Statement

Our Position Statement sets out our current thinking now that we have digested the wealth of information received through the Call for Ideas and as we work towards a draft NPF4 in Autumn 2021. 

This Position Statement aims to inform further discussions and is not itself a document setting out policy.  It is important to emphasise that no decisions have been made and we will extensively consult on the detail in Autumn 2021.

We are inviting comments on whether you agree with our current thinking set out in the Position Statement.  We appreciate that stakeholders may not have much capacity to contribute in the current climate, particularly if you have already shared ideas through the Call for Ideas.  There will be no need to restate points made through the Call for Ideas process – we continue to use that evidence source as we take forward our policy development.  Should you wish to contribute please do so through our consultation hub by 19 February 2021

We will continue to update our Programme for Engagement - PDF (291kB) as work progresses towards a draft NPF4, ensuring opportunities for all to be involved. This blog highlights some engagement and participation opportunities to support feedback on the Position Statement. We are pleased to provide the following resources, which we hope will help to stimulate any NPF4 discussions that you may be having and to inform any thoughts you wish to share with us through the consultation:

Overview Presentation (self-read) of the Position Statement - PDF (1.7MB)

Summary Sheet of Potential Key Policy Shifts - PDF (110kB)

Infographics on the four NPF4 themes - PDF (210kB)

Last Updated: 19 Jan 2021

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