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The most important consultation case of the year? The return of Article 39

November 24, 2020 By Article

Earlier this year we reported on the case of Article 39 v Secretary of State for Education, a challenge brought by the Children’s rights charity Article 39 to the Adoption…

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The PM’s Ten Point Plan for climate change: Blueprint, Wish-list or agenda for consultation?

November 23, 2020 By Article

Boris Johnson’s Ten-Point net-zero plan for climate change emerged this week and promptly got a bad press from all quarters. Maybe it’s unfair, and tough on someone who has just…

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The ‘Permitted development’ case: When can you break a promise to consult?

November 20, 2020 By Article

Three weeks ago in the Week in Parliament, we discussed the debate around the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2020 (and a variety of…

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The Charter for Social Housing Residents: Strengthening consultation commitments or re-treading old ground?

November 20, 2020 By Article

The Grenfell Tower disaster has had significant impacts across society. It has lead to widespread debate on reforming various aspects across safety, building regulations and what approach the Government should…

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Healthwatch England and the Institute collaborate to support local Healthwatch

November 20, 2020 By Article

Healthwatch England is the independent national champion for people who use health and social care services. It supports local Healthwatch to find out what people like about services, what could…

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The Week in Parliament

November 13, 2020 By Article

Well with the transatlantic excitement of last week now done and dusted, it’s time for the UK to stand up, frantically wave, and perhaps put on some sort of comical…

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The Faulks Review – Judicial review under threat?

November 13, 2020 By Article

Most consultors will be familiar with at least the basics of judicial review. It’s a process that allows decisions of public authorities to be challenged in the courts and gives individuals and…

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Three consultation lessons from the US election

November 6, 2020 By Article

At the time of writing, President Trump is still resisting calls to concede the election, but the process up until this point has given us much food for thought. Although it…

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The Week in Parliament

November 6, 2020 By Article

No-one’s watching Westminster right now are they? Let’s be honest, there are bigger things going on in the world. But that doesn’t make the day-to-day of governance any less important,…

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Pre-determination and pre-emption: making changes before a consultation

November 6, 2020 By Article

One fairly common accusation levelled at consultors in the media and in court is that of pre-determination. “The decision was already made!” campaigners will cry. We saw an example of…

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