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The Week in Parliament

January 18, 2021 By Article

After our little Cassandra-like venture into prophecy last week and with Parliament now back from their Christmas recess, we can get back into our regular pattern of trying to separate…

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Consultation in court- the cases of 2020

January 15, 2021 By Article

At the beginning of December last year, the Institute hosted a Wednesday Wisdom session looking at the consultation related legal cases of 2020. As it’s the beginning of the new…

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Tackling the Climate Emergency: The value of Community Engagement

January 11, 2021 Article

Many people are cynical about public engagement and consultation: “why should I get involved, no-one will listen”, or “they will just do what they want anyway”.  What these remarks really…

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Consultation in 2021: Prognosis and Predictions

January 11, 2021 By Article

In a sea of uncertainty, the likely future for public consultations is remarkably easy to predict. The experience of 2020 has created a groundswell of scepticism and an increased wariness…

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Do we need to ‘consult’ on option selection? Or just ‘involve’ ?

January 8, 2021 By Article

Challenges to NHS reconfigurations are some of the most common consultation related cases we see in the Courts. The latest in this canon was brought against the Herts Valley CCG…

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The Week in Parliament- What should we expect in 2021?

January 8, 2021 By Article

Well, we’re back and it’s been a quiet start to the year hasn’t it? Can barely think of anything notable that’s happened. So instead of what’s going on right now,…

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2020 – the consultation retrospective

January 8, 2021 By Article

Loathe though we are to unnecessarily return to 2020, it is the time of year where we have a brief look back of the number of public consultations we saw…

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Local Transport controversies in England – more chapter and verse

December 21, 2020 By Article

The controversial Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) saga continues this week…  LTN is a scheme where motor vehicle traffic in residential streets is significantly reduced by minimising the amount of traffic that comes…

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A localised green future- the energy white paper and joined-up thinking

December 18, 2020 By Article

This week saw the publication of the long-awaited energy white paper, probably the most comprehensive overview of how the Government plans to clean up the British energy system and achieve…

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The Year in Parliament

December 18, 2020 By Article

As we’re now at the end of the year, I thought we might take the opportunity to go back through my near-meticulously kept (everyone’s allowed one tautology a year), spreadsheet…

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