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Theresa May commits the NHS to listening to local people

September 8, 2016 By Article

At PM’s Question Time yesterday, a Conservative backbench MP drew from the Prime Minister the clearest commitment yet that local NHS Sustainability & Transformation plans (STPs) will take account of…

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Disability Consultation ‘discriminatory and unacceptable’ – Gerry Adams

September 5, 2016 Article

Sinn Féin TD for Louth, Gerry Adams, has described the decision by the Department of Justice and Equality to limit direct engagement opportunities on the new Disability Inclusion Strategy 2016-2020,…

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Is Consultation really an extreme sport? Otherwise called customer service?

September 1, 2016 By Article

In my years working for tCI I’ve often said that I must be part of a ‘hard to reach minority group’ as I’m very rarely consulted about ANYTHING! I have…

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How to consult children & young people

August 24, 2016 By Article

Parents of a pupil in Wales launched a legal challenge against their council who wanted to scrap all free bus services for secondary school aged children residing more than two…

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Engagement from abroad – a different perspective

August 23, 2016 By Article

Taking a break from the world of consultation, this year I visited the beautiful African country of Namibia with my husband, Alistair. We both greatly enjoy watching wildlife and relished…

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The challenge of consulting many – stakeholder identification

August 16, 2016 By Article

Here in the UK we’re often baffled by the low response rate of our public consultations when even the most controversial ones only attract a minor response rate. Is this…

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Should the Courts impose a consultation option on a reluctant consultor?

August 15, 2016 By Article

So your recent ancestors were forcibly removed from their Indian Ocean islands in what everyone admits was a disgraceful episode in British colonial history. Your community has never got over…

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The importance of transparency in consultations

August 8, 2016 By Article

A recent Court case in Scotland has shed new light on the importance of transparency in consultations. The 114-page judgment by the Scottish Court of Session focused on the legality…

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NHS engagement consultation Challenges

July 28, 2016 By Article

The sudden prominence of Sustainable Transformation Plans (STPs) in 44 areas of England throws into sharp focus the challenges faced by the NHS in a period of rapid change. It…

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What happens if an organisation wants to withdraw options during a public consultation?

May 10, 2016 By Article

This was the question in an important Judicial Review last week concerning a London Borough. No doubt all the options were viable when the consultation began. But was it lawful…

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