Consultation challenges for 2019
How the current environment affects the way we will engage with stakeholders
As we enter 2019, there are lots of worried people around. Parliamentarians scurrying about like headless poultry. Councillors wondering how they can balance the municipal books. Health Managers praying for a mild winter. Local Government officers desperately trying to deliver services with declining resources and Central Government civil servants probably looking for ferry operators who actually have a boat!
In such scenarios, it is tempting to imagine that public consultations are the least of people’s concerns. Hasn’t the entire hiatus been caused – in part at least – by asking the public? Or did we arrive at the present situation because our system allowed the development of a major disconnect between the political elite and those they are meant to represent?