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Infrastructure Planners hear our analysis of post-truth public consultations

February 8, 2017 By Article

Yesterday I spoke to 120 planning/development specialists at Waterfront’s annual Infrastructure Planning Forum. I used it to share the Institute’s analysis that there is a sea-change in the public’s view…

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Gatwick act on noise in a HUGE Airport Consultation week!

February 6, 2017 By Article

Tuesday I spent at Gatwick’s Noise Management Board Public Meeting in a week that sees two massive aviation consultations launched – see here & here –  but it’s all about…

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Environmental Impact Assessments and Public Consultation in a Post-Brexit Climate

January 23, 2017 By Article

Following the Brexit result from the European Referendum (EU) in June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) has been plunged into a period of uncertainty. Article 50, which Prime Minister Theresa…

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The defeat of public engagement in 2016 – what’s next?

January 19, 2017 By Article

Later this week, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th US President after a very divisive and heated campaign. Earlier this week, Theresa May delivered her long-awaited Brexit speech…

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Flawed data hits Local Plan consultation

January 17, 2017 By Article

Many councils are currently completing their new Local Plans – and no region is under as much pressure as South East England. However, the consultation in my local area on…

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Department for Education’s latest consultation fails the best practice test

January 13, 2017 By Article

Yet another consultation that isn’t good enough! Not everyone has heard of the Institute for Apprenticeships. In time, perhaps we will. That is because it will have important role to…

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Death of the man who exposed ‘Government blunders’

January 13, 2017 By Article

There will be many tributes today to Professor Anthony King of Essex University who has died at the age of 82. He had an outstanding academic career serving as Professor…

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Derbyshire wins the legal challenge to Sheffield’s Consultation Question

January 4, 2017 By Article

Rhion Jones comments: We asked Barry Creasy, a Senior tCI Associate, to comment on last month’s High Court Judgment in the case of Derbyshire v Sheffield Combined Authority. This is…

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Doing Nothing in the NHS – thoughts on do-nothing options in service change consultations

December 30, 2016 By Article

There’s a phrase that seems to have come with the publication of every recent NHS service change proposal. We hear it from senior doctors and nurses in local television interviews.…

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Campaigning for Change in Consultation – simple steps for more constructive engagement

December 30, 2016 By Article

The year of Brexit and Trump has seen absurd claims and outlandish statements beating evidence and reasoned argument, and catastrophic campaign failures turning certain victories into tragic losses. So you…

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